Managing Partners and Management Professionals: Institutional Work Dyads in Professional Partnerships

Empson, L., Cleaver, I. & Allen, J. (2013). Managing Partners and Management Professionals: Institutional Work Dyads in Professional Partnerships. Journal Of Management Studies, 50(5), pp. 808-844. doi: 10.1111/joms.12025

[img]
Preview
Text - Accepted Version
Download (623kB) | Preview

Abstract

This study presents an empirical analysis of the micro-dynamics of institutional work. Examining the ‘corporatization’ of large international law firm partnerships, the study identifies the dyadic relationship that develops between two different types of professionals, the managing partner and management professional, and demonstrates how their relationship becomes a key mechanism for institutional work. The study shows how, by working together, these individuals take advantage of differences in their relative social positions: specifically their formal authority, specialist expertise, and social capital. The study identifies seven forms of institutional work in which they engage and demonstrates how these multiple forms simultaneously encompass the creation, maintenance, and disruption of the institution of partnership. The study argues that this simultaneous occurrence helps to account for the phenomenon of sedimentation, whereby the gradually emerging institutional logic of the corporatized partnership is being integrated into the traditional partnership form.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Empson, L., Cleaver, I. and Allen, J. (2013), Managing Partners and Management Professionals: Institutional Work Dyads in Professional Partnerships. Journal of Management Studies, 50: 808–844., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12025. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Institutional work, Lawyers, Management professionals, Professional partnership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15419

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics