Professor James Faulconbridge

Professor, Head of Department

Research Overview

My research focuses principally on the professions, professional service firms, and knowledge-intensive services. I have studied amongst others the accounting, advertising, architecture, executive search, and law professions. Theoretically, my work draws on perspectives from economic geography, organisation studies, and sociology, with institutional and practice perspectives from these disciplines being of particular significance in my work. In recent years, I have developed in particular three inter-related areas of research focus:

Globalization and professional service firms

I am interested in theories of globalization and the way these can be used to understand the globalization of professional service firms. Recent work has, in particular, taken an institutional approach to studying the activities and effects of global law firms. Key projects in this area include:

  • An ESRC funded project on the globalization executive search firms
  • A British Academy funded project on the globalization architecture firms
  • A Sloan foundation project on the work of global advertising agencies in US cities

Knowledge, learning, and innovation practices

My work uses theories of communities of practice as well as related theories of knowledge and learning to examine the practices and spaces of learning in different organisations and the institutional effects of learning processes. Relevant projects include:

  • An ESRC project on Artificial Intelligence in accounting and law professional service firms
  • A Research Councils Energy Programme funded project, as part of the DEMAND Centre, examining commercial office design practices and implications for energy demand
  • An ESRC funded project on professional training and education that analyses the local and global influences on education, training and learning in law firms
  • A British Council funded Exchange programme exploring the way knowledge and practice relating to sustainable building design travels

Mobilities

Work in this area focuses on the now central role of mobility in both day-to-day social life and in the reproduction of business practices. Drawing on and contributing to work on the ‘mobilities turn’ in the social sciences, as well as work on concepts of practice, recent projects include:

  • Research, funded by the Research Councils Energy Programme, examining the embeddedness of business travel in the work practices of engineering consultancy firms, as part of the DEMAND Centre
  • A Research Councils Energy Programme funded project focusing on mobility and the implications of disruptions to mobility for personal and business lives and for the carbon impacts of travel
  • A European Research Council funded network exploring ‘The Future of Business Mobilities’

Selected Publications

Field partitioning: The emergence, development and consolidation of subfields
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 4/07/2019 In: Organization Studies. 31 p.
Journal article

Business services and the financing of global production networks: the case of global law firms in Southeast Asia
Faulconbridge, J.R. 1/07/2019 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 19, 4, p. 897-919. 23 p.
Journal article

Critical Essay: Inserting professionals and professional organizations in studies of wrongdoing: The nature, antecedents, and consequences of professional misconduct.
Gabbioneta, C., Faulconbridge, J.R., Currie, G., Dinovitzer, R., Muzio, D. 1/11/2019 In: Human Relations. 72, 11, p. 72. 11 p.
Journal article

Professional service firms as agents of economic globalization: a political perspective
Boussebaa, M., Faulconbridge, J.R. 1/03/2019 In: Journal of Professions and Organization. 6, 1, p. 72-90. 19 p.
Journal article

The fearful and anxious professional: partner experiences of working in the financialised professional services firm
Allan, S., Faulconbridge, J.R., Thomas, P. 02/2019 In: Work, Employment and Society. 33, 1, p. 112-130. 19 p.
Journal article

Karl Polanyi on strategy: the effects of culture, morality and double-movements on embedded strategy
Faulconbridge, J.R., Muzio, D. 31/05/2018 In: Critical Perspectives on Accounting.
Journal article

The office: how standards define ‘normal’ office design practices and work infrastructures
Cass, N.F., Faulconbridge, J.R., Connaghton, J. 2018 In: Infrastructures in practice. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138476165. Electronic ISBN: 9781351106177.
Chapter

Demanding business travel: the evolution of the timespaces of business practice
Jones, I., Faulconbridge, J.R., Marsden, G., Anable, J. 2018 In: Demanding energy. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan p. 257-277. 21 p. ISBN: 9783319619903. Electronic ISBN: 9783319619910.
Chapter

Sustaining Economic Geography?: Business and Management Schools and the UK’s Great Economic Geography Diaspora
James, A., Bradshaw, M., Coe, N., Faulconbridge, J.R. 1/09/2018 In: Environment and Planning A. 50, 6, p. 1355-1366. 12 p.
Journal article

Professional Misconduct in Healthcare: Setting Out a Research Agenda for Work Sociology
Currie, G., Faulconbridge, J.R., Gabbioneta, C., Muzio, D., Richmond, J. 02/2019 In: Work, Employment and Society. 33, 1, p. 149-161. 13 p.
Journal article

How market standards affect building design: the case of low energy design in commercial offices
Faulconbridge, J.R., Cass, N.F., Connaghton, J. 1/05/2018 In: Environment and Planning A. 50, 3, p. 627-650. 24 p.
Journal article

Global professional service firms and institutionalization
Faulconbridge, J.R., Muzio, D. 2017 In: Professional Networks in Transnational Governance. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 219-232. 14 p. ISBN: 9781107181878. Electronic ISBN: 9781316855508.
Chapter

Traces of a mobile field: Ten years of mobilities research
Faulconbridge, J.R., Hui, A.T. 2017 London : Routledge. 174 p. ISBN: 9781138708587.
Book

Bad barrels and bad cellars: a ‘boundaries’ perspective on professional misconduct
Muzio, D., Faulconbridge, J.R., Gabbioneta, C., Greenwood, R. 21/07/2016 In: Organizational wrongdoing. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 141-175. 35 p. ISBN: 9781107117716.
Chapter

Global professional service firms and the challenge of institutional complexity: ‘field relocation’ as a response strategy
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 01/2016 In: Journal of Management Studies. 53, 1, p. 89-124. 36 p.
Journal article

The work of global professional service firms
Boussebaa, M., Faulconbridge, J.R. 29/01/2016 In: Perspectives on contemporary professional work. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 105-122. 18 p. ISBN: 9781783475575.
Chapter

Transnational corporations shaping institutional change: the case of English law firms in Germany
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 2015 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 15, 6, p. 1195-1226. 32 p.
Journal article

Reproducing the City of London’s institutional landscape: the role of education and the learning of situated practices by early career elites
Faulconbridge, J., Hall, S. 2014 In: Environment and Planning A. 46, 7, p. 1682-1698. 17 p.
Journal article

Advanced producer service firms as strategic networks, global cities as strategic places
Taylor, P.J., Derudder, B., Faulconbridge, J., Hoyler, M., Ni, P. 07/2014 In: Economic Geography. 90, 3, p. 267-291. 25 p.
Journal article

The Global Professional Service Firm: ‘One Firm’ Models versus (Italian) Distant Institutionalized Practices
Muzio, D., Faulconbridge, J. 2013 In: Organization Studies. 34, 7, p. 897-925.
Journal article

The rescaling of the professions: towards a transnational sociology of the professions
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 01/2012 In: International Sociology. 27, 1, p. 109-125. 17 p.
Journal article

The globalization of executive search: professional services strategy and dynamics in the contemporary world
Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J.V., Hall, S. 2015 London : Routledge. ISBN: 978041589667 . Electronic ISBN: 9781315771427.
Book

The globalization of advertising.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Beaverstock, J.V., Nativel, C., Taylor, P.J. 2011 London & New York : Routledge. 189 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-56716-9.
Book

International business travel in the global economy
Beaverstock, J.V., Derudder, B., Faulconbridge, J., Witlox, F. 2010 Aldershot : Ashgate. 242 p. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7942-4.
Book

Traces of a mobile field: ten years of mobilities research
Faulconbridge, J., Hui, A. 02/2016 In: Mobilities. 11, 1, 14 p.
Editorial

Mobility and professional networks in academia: an exploration of the obligations of presence
Storme, T., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J.V., Derrudder, B., Witlox, F. 06/2017 In: Mobilities. 12, 3, p. 405-424.
Journal article

Commuting practices: new insights into modal shift from theories of social practice
Cass, N., Faulconbridge, J. 01/2016 In: Transport Policy. 45, p. 1-14. 14 p.
Journal article

Satisfying everyday mobility
Cass, N., Faulconbridge, J. 03/2017 In: Mobilities. 12, 1, p. 97-115. 19 p.
Journal article

Mobilising sustainable building assessment models: agents, strategies and local effects
Faulconbridge, J. 06/2015 In: Area. 47, 2, p. 116-123. 8 p.
Journal article

Local variants of mobile sustainable building assessment models: the marketization and constrained mutation of BREEAM ES
Faulconbridge, J., Yalciner, S. 4/06/2015 In: Global Networks. 15, 3, p. 360-378. 19 p.
Journal article

Innovating Next Generation Services through Collaborative Design
01/12/2018 → 30/11/2020
Research

DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand
01/05/2013 → 30/06/2019
Research

How migration reshapes labour markets: a study of professional service
01/01/2012 → 31/12/2014
Research

SANDPIT: Disruption: the raw material for low carbon Change
01/09/2011 → 31/08/2014
Research

The future of business mobilities
01/06/2011 → 30/09/2011
Research

KTP: Engery Efficiency
06/04/2010 → 31/12/2010
Research

Leveraging sustainability
01/09/2009 → 30/11/2009
Research

Conceptualising the professions in the 21st century
01/01/2009 → 30/04/2009
Research

Professional education, global professional service firms and the cultures of professional work in europe
01/12/2008 → 28/02/2010
Research

11th International Critical Management Studies Conference
Participation in conference

35th EGOS Colloquium, Edinburgh, July.
Participation in conference

Invited panel presentation at AI for English law conference
Participation in conference

Professional Service Firm Conference
Participation in conference

Advisory Workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Anniversary Workshop of MIOIR
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Global higher education and/as professional services: an economic geography/organisation studies view
Invited talk

Legitimacy and the recurrent contest of valuation devices: the case of PEP in the English legal profession
Invited talk

Professions and professional service firms in China workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Systems of mobility in the professions. Migration, Identity and State
Invited talk

USERTec research workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

EPSRC Workshop and Research Network Building Event
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Commuting practices and the fleximobility agenda.
Invited talk

Global professional service firms and the challenge of institutional complexity: ‘field relocation’ as a response strategy
Invited talk

National University of Singapore
Business Engagement

Journal of Economic Geography (Journal)
Editorial activity

Global professional service firms and the challenge of institutional complexity: ‘field relocation’ as a response strategy
Invited talk

The globalization of the executive search ‘new’ profession: making markets through situated institutional work.
Invited talk

Global professional service firms and the challenge of institutional complexity: how field dynamics and receptive geographical fixes influence responses to complexity
Invited talk

The globalization of the executive search ‘new’ profession: making markets through situated institutional work
Invited talk

Journal of Professions and Organization (Journal)
Editorial activity

Oxford Journals (Publisher)
Editorial activity

Monash University
Visiting an external academic institution

Cass Business School (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

Geography Compass (Journal)
Editorial activity

Dialogues in Human Geography (Journal)
Editorial activity

Geography Compass (Journal)
Editorial activity

34th EGOS Colloquium
Participation in conference

University of Copenhagen
Visiting an external academic institution

ESRC (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Critical Perspectives on International Business (Journal)
Editorial activity

Emerald (Publisher)
Editorial activity

ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

Best paper by early career academic in Progress in Human Geography 2012
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
  • Centre for Technological Futures
  • DEMAND - Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand
  • People, Work and Organisation