30 November 2010 - 30 November 20116:30 - 7:30pmDrapers' Theatre, Geography Building, Mile End Campus
'Professional autonomy: Help, hindrance, or right?'
Autonomy, especially professional autonomy naturally generates tensions in contexts of knowledge production. In sectors such as academia, biomedicine and expert services these tensions are manifest in the interplay between professional practices and organizational/institutional arrangements. The exercise of professional autonomy can therefore simultaneously drive innovation, create barriers to collaborative working, and challenge institutional governance arrangements. Each of these tensions will be explored by adopting cultural, temporal and philosophical lenses. In doing so, the overriding aim is to re-think the complex nature of 21st century knowledge work and the implications for knowledge production.
Maxine Robertson is Professor of Innovation and Organisation. She studied for a BSc in Management Science, MA in Industrial Relations and PhD in Organizational Theory at Warwick Business School. She lectured at Warwick until 2005. In 2007 she joined Queen Mary, University of London. She is co-author of Managing Knowledge Work and Innovation published by Palgrave in 2009.