Finally, all these changes have affected and put under challenge professional education. This is further evident in the following lines as mentioned by Robert B. Reich, when he says, "In this mercantilist game, one sovereign's advance (was) necessarily at the expense of another, because the whole point of the exercise (was) to gain more power than a potential opponent." (Reich, 1991, p.14).
The above statement by Reich has served to raise the bar as far as professional performance at the very grass roots level is concerned. Competitive advantage is the new name of the game. This has in turn given rise to new diktats in the professional sphere. Professions in general have been subject to new conditions.
The new conditions have raised issues about the nature of professional knowledge and particularly about the relationship between theory and practice. Usually people in the beginning of their professional career try to put into practice all the 'theory' they got in tertiary education and sometimes use it as their Bible. After the first period of adaptation in the professional ring, they realize that, this effort towards applying theory to practice is not very helpful and that there is a strong need of a different knowledge field, which is more practical. ...Show more