What we do
"The Centre for Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School is dedicated to researching the professions, professional service firms, and the professionals who work within them."
- A place where academics make a difference - the Centre conducts rigorous research that aims to change the way that academics and professionals analyse and understand professional service firms.
- A place where professionals come to think - the Centre provides professionals with space and stimulus to explore the management challenges they face.
- A place where academics and professionals collaborate - the Centre brings academics and professionals together to challenge each other and create new ideas.
CPSF contribution to education
Members of the Centre for Professional Service Firms contribute to a variety of specialist courses at Cass Business School for graduate students and executives.
MBA elective: "Succeeding in professional and financial services"
The highly successful MBA elective, “Managing professional service firms”, taught by Professor Laura Empson has been updated, revised, and relaunched. For more details, MBA student reviews, and to hear Laura speak about the new elective, see “Succeeding in professional and financial services”.
Members of the Centre include students from Cass's PhD programme who are conducting research focused on the area of professional service firms. The Cass PhD programme is consistently ranked among the top doctoral programmes in the world.
Cass Business School and Harvard Law School announce exciting new research collaboration
Cass Business School’s Centre for Professional Service Firms and the Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession have formed a research collaboration that aims to expand and disseminate knowledge about the global legal and professional services sectors. The centres will work together to create partnerships across many areas of common interest, such as leadership dynamics and the role of innovation in professional services. Professor Laura Empson from Cass and Professor David B. Wilkins from Harvard will lead this exciting new collaboration. Read the joint press release
Professional Service Firm Scholarship comes of age
The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms is a new publication edited by Laura Empson, (Director of the Cass Centre for Professional Service Firms), and colleagues Daniel Muzio, Joseph Broschak, and Bob Hinings. Published by Oxford University Press, it marks the coming of age of Professional Service Firms (PSF) scholarship. The Handbook brings together leading scholars in the field and offers many potentially important insights into these organisations and their significance within the knowledge economy. It also suggests new lines of inquiry that may shed further light on the activities and performance of PSFs and the professionals who work within them.