1 Department of Education - Learning, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University2 Danish School of Education - Uddannelsesvidenskab, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University3 Danish School of Education - Uddannelsesvidenskab, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University
on the construction of 'good' (the case of management consultancy)
In the paper, we propose that professional accountability and textual enactments hereof can be understood within the field of organisational learning. This means that professional accountability is not only a matter of legitimate knowledge and a responsible identity but also of organising work and learning in enterprises. The case around which our paper reverberates is a project on knowledge sharing amongst management consultants in a consultancy enterprise. The project is still in progress, so in the paper we introduce a theoretical framework and present bits of data to illustrate our points. In this pursuit, we are inspired by the dilemma in the literature on professionals as an occupational group safeguarding societal accountable knowledge, and professionals entering enterprises and the organisational professionalism that follows from these movements. We are aware that not all may accept that management consultants as professionals but stretching the case may, nevertheless, make us see similar issues for other groups of more acknowledged professionals. Taking professional accountability into work and enterprises makes it possible for us to highlight that professional accountability is not a matter of a ‘fixed’ but a ‘floating’ knowledge base and, further that professional accountability may not even be about knowledge and identity but about organising work in ways that makes accountable knowledge part of organisational learning.