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A hybrid profession: the acquisition of management accounting expertise by medical professionals

By Liisa Kurunmaki

Abstract

This paper argues that medical expertise in Finland was “hybridised” in the first half of the 1990s. It examines the willing adoption of management accounting techniques by medical professionals in the context of the New Public Management reforms in Finland. It documents this process of adoption, charts some of its effects for the set of practices and legitimated competencies that make up the domain of medical expertise, and seeks to understand these by reference to the position of management accounting within the Finnish pedagogic and institutional setting. As a counterpoint, it notes the contrast with the UK, where medical professionals have been seen to resist the intrusion of accounting practices into the medical domain

Topics: H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1016/S0361-3682(02)00069-7
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:20386
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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