Professions and inequality: challenges, controversies, and opportunities

Louise Ashley, Mehdi Boussebaa, Sam Friedman, Brooke Harrington, Stefan Heusinkveld, Stefanie Gustafsson, Daniel Muzio

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On the basis of the EGOS 2021 sub-plenary on ‘Professions and Inequality: Challenges, Controversies, and Opportunities’, the presenters and panellists wrote four short essays on the relationship between inequality as a grand challenge and professional occupations and organizations, their structures, practices, and strategies. Individually, these essays take an inquisitorial stance on extant understandings of (1) how professions may exacerbate existing inequalities and (2) how professions can be part of the solution and help tackle inequality as a grand challenge. Taken together, the discussion forum aims at advancing scholarly debates on inequality by showing how professions’ scholarship may critically interrogate extant understandings of inequality as a broad, multifaceted concept, whilst providing fruitful directions for research on inequality, their potential solutions, and the role and responsibilities of organization and management scholars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-98
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Professions and Organization
Issue number1
Early online date6 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023


  • Professional Services Firms
  • inequality
  • professions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and Management


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