Small Is Beautiful? Emerging Organizational Strategies among Italian Professionals

Lara Maestripieri, Roberta Cucca

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© 2018 Canadian Sociological Association/La Société canadienne de sociologie The traditional debate about professional groups has mainly focused on conflicts between professions and organizations, reinforcing dualisms and dichotomies. Few scholars have investigated the extent to which professionalism and organizations are intertwined while focusing on the case of professionals integrated into large organizations, and even less attention has been paid to emerging forms of organization among self-employed professionals. Taking as an example organizational trends among architects (liberal professionals) and management consultants (emerging professionals) in Italy, this article investigates how small, flexible, and (often) interprofessional organizations promoted by self-employed professionals are increasingly instrumental in overcoming market pressures and responding to emerging social needs in times of crisis and austerity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-384
JournalCanadian Review of Sociology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


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