Conflicting logics? The role of HRM in a professional service firm

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HRM is considered of vital strategic importance in professional service firms, but professionals generally resist these managerial initiatives. In this article, I report on an in-depth case study of a tax consultancy department in a major accounting firm by exploring the way professionals reconcile the logics of professionalism and HRM. Results indicate that the logics are reconciled in several ways as they are simultaneously replicated, revised, and rejected. Whereas current theories argue that the different logics balance each other, this study indicates that the professionals strengthen professional logic by acknowledging HRM and its procedures, simultaneously circumventing them through inverted appropriation. Results suggest that hybridity between conflicting logics may appear on an organisational level, whereas a single logic dominates in everyday work. The study contributes to in-depth studies of institutional logics and to a detailed understanding of the workings of HRM in professional contexts.


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Sidor (från-till)31-44
TidskriftHuman Resource Management Journal
Utgåva nummer1
Tidigt onlinedatum2017 maj 26
StatusPublished - 2018 jan
Peer review utfördJa