Whenever I present a paper in an international conference, I always struggling with communicating successfully the peculiarity of the Italian professionalism in the right way. But, at the end all my struggle can be resumed in a single (very simple) difference: the small dimensions of the Italian professional enterprises. This is the topic and the main argument of the paper which I just published with R. Cucca in the Canadian Review of Sociology: what are the organisational implication of freelance professionalism? what is its impact on the welfare of professionals? The article is entitled “Small Is Beautiful? Emerging Organizational Strategies among Italian Professionals” and it can be accessed in read-only version at this link.

The article demonstrates how small dimensions of the firms and the loneliness experienced by freelance professional in the market has implied the development of innovative organizational strategies which tries to overcome the downturn of markets and to protect the welfare of freelance professionals, which are excluded by the dependent workers social protection systems. Organisations intervene in mitigating the effect of economic insecurity and precariousness and they become an active professionalism’s strategy played by practitioners, more than a concurrent occupational logic. The article also shows how these trends characterise two professions, as Architects and Management Consultancy which benefit from an extremely different system of professional regulation.

The article is published within the special issue guest edited by Sida Liu and Tracey Adams “Professions in the Twenty-First Century”. Enjoy the article as much as we enjoy writing it!