Professional Development

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Anchoring Professional Careers in Shared Services (SSCs): Reflections on Contemporary Practice

Authors: Stephanie Lambert, Ian Herbert and Andrew Rothwell

About: This paper submitted to the CASA E-Leader Conference, Singapore 2013, is part of a PhD project sponsored and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. The research incorporates aspects of the sociology of professions, career theory and global talent management with the endeavour to protect professional traits and behaviours that contribute to the commercial benefits of employing Shared Service Centre Models in multinational corporations.

Published: Chinese American Scholars Association (2013)

Type: Conference Paper

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Professionalism in the 21st Century: Symbol or Substance?

Authors: Ian Herbert, Stephanie Lambert and Andrew Rothwell

About: Ian Herbert, Deputy Director of the CGSS, Stephanie Lambert, PHD Researcher and Andrew Rothwell, Research Associate of Loughborough University discuss what professional status and behaviour mean in the context of business support services.  “Professional” is a label given to a wide variety of things in modern life, usually whenever a cachet of virtue and trust is required.  However, what does professional status and behaviour mean in the context of business support services, such as finance and human resources, as these jobs migrate to shared service centres (SSC) and business process outsource (BPO) providers across the globe?

Published: Financial Management, CIMA (March, 2012)

Type: Magazine Article

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Knowledge Sustainability for the Outsourced Professionals

Authors: Ian Herbert and Andrew Rothwell

About: For organisations in expensive developed labour markets looking to reduce costs, pool expertise and benefit from either third-party outsourcing or shared services, the unbundling of professional and administrative services represents an increasingly attractive proposition. The availability of a well-qualified and technically literate workforce across the global knowledge-based economy is prompting rapid advances in the transformation of professional functions such as Finance, HR, Purchasing and IT. As illustrated (below), from research on the changing nature of the financial function, in the new model support services are aggregated, re-engineered and typically transferred to locations that can offer location arbitrage, greater scalability, the ability to work across timezones, and now within a quality assured service delivery model.

Published: Outsource Magazine (September, 2011)

Type: Magazine Article

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Shared Service Centres and Professional Employability

Authors: Andrew Rothwell, Ian Herbert and Will Seal

About: This presentation introduces the wider role of the finance project and addresses business transformation issues and the role of accounting and empowerment within the development of a shared service centre. The presentation draws from case studies to present and examine material relating to careers and employability within the shared service centre.

Published: Presented at MARG Conference (LSE), (August, 2010)

Type: Conference Presentation

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Self-Perceived Employability: Construction and Initial Validation of a Scale for University Students

Authors: Andrew Rothwell, Ian Herbert and Frances Rothwell

About: This paper reports the development of a research instrument to examine the expectations and self-perceptions of employability of business undergraduates (bachelor degree students) in three UK universities, and examines relationships with other measures. The scale was found to have a satisfactory internal reliability coefficient for an untested measure (α = .75) and had discriminant validity from other new measures such as university commitment. ‘Internal’ and ‘external’ dimensions were identified, the latter relating to the perceptions of the strength of the university brand, the state of the external labour market, and the demand for the degree subject. Perceptions of future employability were surprisingly modest, notably for those in arguably the strongest position, suggesting that these self-perceptions may be a product of relative societal expectations, consistent with positional conflict theory.

Published: Journal of Vocational Behaviour (2008)

Type: Academic Journal

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Accounting Professionals and CPD: Attitudes and Engagement – Some Survey Evidence

Authors: Andrew Rothwell and Ian Herbert

About: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a major issue in post‐compulsory education at the start of the twenty‐first century. This paper reports the results of a recent survey of accountancy members which explored attitudes towards CPD in relation to employability, career success and professional identity. Attitudes to CPD are chiefly correlated with identification with, and commitment to, the profession, rather than the length of time in the profession, job status, age, qualification level, or gender. Implications of this research for post‐compulsory education include an enhanced understanding of the motivation to engage in CPD and the benefits professional accountants perceive as arising from this, together with which CPD activities they actually engage in. This research should help professional accounting bodies better understand some of the attitudinal factors in CPD participation, and thus improve the design and communication of their schemes.

Published: Research in Post Compulsory Education (2007)

Type: Research Paper

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