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Professional autonomy: Help, hindrance, or right?

Inaugural Lecture

Professional autonomy: Help, hindrance, or right?

Maxine Robertson, Professor of Innovation and Organisation

Autonomy, especially professional autonomy naturally generates tensions in contexts of knowledge production. In sectors such as academia, biotechnology 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.


Professor Maxine Robertson | talks


Date and Time:

30 November 2010 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End road
E1 4NS

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