Professional Identity Formation and the Body in Professional Services Firms

Lead Research Organisation: Aston University
Department Name: Aston Business School

Abstract

Abstracts are not currently available in GtR for all funded research. This is normally because the abstract was not required at the time of proposal submission, but may be because it included sensitive information such as personal details.

Publications

10 25 50

publication icon
Haynes K (2010) Other lives in accounting: Critical reflections on oral history methodology in action in Critical Perspectives on Accounting

publication icon
Haynes K (2013) Sexuality and sexual symbolism as processes of gendered identity formation in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

publication icon
Haynes K (2014) A Two-Year Stretch in Journal of Management Inquiry

publication icon
Haynes K (2011) Tensions in (re)presenting the self in reflexive autoethnographical research in Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal

publication icon
Haynes, Kathryn; Grugulis, Irena (2013) Managing Services: Challenges and Innovation

publication icon
Haynes, Kathryn; Grugulis, Irena (2013) Managing Services: Challenges and Innovation

 
Description The fellowship produced research findings in four complementary areas:



1. Professional Services Firms

The research is positioned in a context where despite large numbers of women enter training within professional services firms, far fewer remain and progress their careers therein. The theoretical contribution of this research is threefold:

Firstly, the research contributes to understanding the significance of professional identity formation and embodied identity within PSFs. It found that the professional services firm plays an enduring role of in defining professional body image, socialisation processes contribute to the definition of the professional body, the client has a role in defining professionalism, certain types of embodied identities are legitimated, and the body is important in defining gendered perceptions of the self. Secondly, through the application of Bourdieu's (1977; 1984; 1986) theories of practice and capital, the research extends understanding of the social reproduction of physical and social capital in PSFs. Thirdly, the research builds on previous research in law and accounting to bridge these areas through its inter-disciplinary and international approach. A number of outputs relate to these theoretical contributions.



2. Research Methodologies in Business & Management

The research enhanced understanding of methodological approaches in Business & Management on reflexivity, autoethnography, and research ethics, which produced a number of publications and will benefit other researchers in future research.



3. Challenges and Innovations in Services

The collective work of the AIM services cohort addresses challenges and innovations in services. Under my leadership as Lead Fellow, the cohort has a book forthcoming (eds. Haynes & Grugulis) which will address, synthesise and problematise these challenges, drawing from our individual and collective AIM projects. My personal contribution is a chapter on gender and diversity challenges in professional service firms, and editorials on knowledge and skills in the service sector. The book will be of interest to researchers, students and practitioners.



4. Gender and diversity in relation to Social Responsibility

As the fellowship progressed the research extended to explore the underlying theoretical and practical linkages between gender and diversity and a wider social responsibility agenda. This was in conjunction with engagement with practitioners and policy-makers, particularly informed by my membership of three significant Committees: the ICAEW's Sustainability Committee, the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Equality and Diversity in Business Schools project, and the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) newly-formed Steering Committee on Gender. Possibilities for collaborative approaches to CSR were explored in an award winning paper (Murray, Haynes & Hudson 2010).
Exploitation Route 1. The research can support Professional Services Firms in their development and implementation of policies and practice to support gender diversity and career structures.

2. It supports growing awareness and engagement with corporate social responsibility issues and their links to gender and diversity in the business field.
1. The research informs further theoretical development of professional identity and gendered embodiment in the Professional Services sector.

2. It informs the Business School curriculum on gender issues in professions at local, national and international level through the direct engagement of the grant holder in advisory committees on such issues.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Other

URL http://www.aimresearch.org/index.php?page=kathryn-haynes
 
Description To inform practitioner discussion on the nature of capital with the ICAEW
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Financial Services, and Management Consultancy
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Are there parallels between professional services and HE? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Second article in The Guardian featuring research

The Guardian
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/feb/29/women-leadership-equality-profes...
 
Description Strategy, organizations and and society Bourdieu theory jam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Pierre Bourdieu was one of the leading sociologists of the twentieth century. Accordingly, the International Sociological Association ranks Distinction as one of the ten most important sociological texts of the last century. His work, from an early structuralist analysis of an Algerian village through to his excoriating attacks on neo-liberalism, has always provoked discussion and debate. While Bourdieu's influence on sociology and education is difficult to overstate, his reception within the social milieu of the Business School has been more muted. While his work has been appropriated in accounting and organization theory, only recently has it started to attract serious attention as concepts such as habitus, the field, cultural capital, and symbolic violence have started to generate increasing interest and traction. This inaugural 'Theory Jam' will comprise of a series of short contributions from colleagues currently using Bourdieusian concepts in their research. The objective is to develop our collective understanding of how Bourdieu might be fruitfully used in understanding accounting, organizational and strategic phenomena

my PhD students decided to use the theories in their own work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The social and physical capital of women in higher education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Guardian article featuring research 06/01/2012

The Guardian
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/jan/06/kathryn-haynes-interview