Anchoring Professional Careers

“How Professional Careers are Anchored in the Shared Service Centre” Stephanie Lambert

The work of Andrew Rothwell, Ian Herbert and Will Seal has voiced concerns regarding the growing skill gap within shared service centres as a consequence of polar separation of high level tasks from lower level tasks.  It raises questions about longevity of these centres if they are unable to develop senior and appropriately skilled staff for the future and subsequently the fate of the management accountant, read on for further insight into this project….:


 Preserving the Professional?

This study aims to investigate the form and relevance of career anchors to knowledge workers in the context of the changing landscape of professional work and its implications for career development and progression.  This concept will be explored within the Shared Service Centre (SSC) environment with a focus on the consequences that these new organisational forms might be having for the employability and career progression of Management Accountants (MAs) as a key business support function. 

 The chief aims are to investigate how the SSC is remodelling the role and skill-set of professional workers, and how the globalisation of the so-called knowledge-based economy is changing the nature of individual career expectations and actual development experiences. An output will be an updated understanding of how career anchor theory can be used to make sense of an individual career trajectory and the planning interventions required to maintain employability to build a sustainable career path, both on the part of individuals, their employers and professional bodies.

 This project is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Loughborough School of Business and Economics.

If you are interested in completing a PhD within the SSR Research team then please contact Tracey Preston at for further information and funding details.