Management a Profession? Where's the Proof?
A campaign to make management more of a profession-one that adheres to higher aims that self-interest or economic benefit-is under way. But professions actually have another defining feature: a specialized body of knowledge that practitioners must apply in their daily work. In law, people must pass an exam to gain admission to the bar. In medicine, doctors are required to complete continuing education. The idea of setting knowledge standards for managers is starting to gain traction, but if it is to take hold, business schools, management publications, and public and private organizations will need to take action.