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What are the prospects for professionalizing event management in the UK?

Thomas, R. and Thomas, Alun Huw 2013. What are the prospects for professionalizing event management in the UK? Tourism Management Perspectives 6 , pp. 8-14. 10.1016/j.tmp.2012.11.005

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The staging of planned events has emerged as a distinctive sector of the UK economy. This paper examines the nature and degree of professionalization of event management. Three models of professionalism are critically evaluated. It is argued that the model of corporate professionalization appears to hold out most promise for understanding the dynamics of professionalization in event management. This is tested through an empirical research study of four organisations which have a professionalizing mission. The paper concludes that professionalization of the occupation has not succeeded to date, whether professionalism is understood as corporate professionalism or in more traditional terms. It suggests that there is currently little prospect of professionalizing event management in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Event management; Profession; Professionalization; UK events
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2211-9736
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:05

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