What is professionalism?
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What is professionalism?

About the Book

In my field of work, information technology, people have been discussing the idea of "professionalism" for as long as I can remember. For various reasons, we have never established the kinds of institutions associated with the recognized professions (law, medicine, accounting, engineering) and we have never established any universally-accepted guidelines for professional behavior, apprenticeship, or ongoing learning. Discussions among practitioners tend to devolve into circular debates about word meanings or personal preferences. In seeking a clear definition, I found myself beginning to elaborate a model of professionalism; one more among the many already existing. I offer it here for your kind consideration.

About the Author

David Nicolette
David Nicolette

Dave Nicolette is interested in software development, music, and science fiction.

Table of Contents

  • What is professionalism?
    • 1. Intentional Growth
    • 2. Ethics
    • 3. Interpersonal Interaction
    • 4. Working Styles
    • 5. Engagement
    • 6. Fiduciary Duty
    • 7. Professional dilemmas
    • 8. Not professional dilemmas
    • 9. Other models of professionalism
    • 10. Wrapping up
  • Appendix A: References
  • About the author

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