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Global professional service firms and the challenge of institutional complexity: 'field relocation' as a response strategy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Daniel Muzio



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In this paper we use the case of the internationalization of English law firms into Italy, and the refocusing of their operations on the city of Milan, to make a number of contributions to existing literatures on responses to institutional complexity. Firstly, we contribute to the literature on how organizations address complexity at the field level, by revealing the role of ‘field relocation’ as a particular response strategy. We also identify a number of organizational tactics - re-scoping, re-scaling and re-staffing - through which ‘field relocation’ is accomplished. Secondly, we also show the importance of further developing our understanding of the geography of institutional fields by highlighting how the ‘receptivity’ of different field locations may affect responses to complexity. This identifies the importance of geographically locating fields and sub-fields in studies of organizational responses to institutional complexity. Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE

Publication metadata

Author(s): Faulconbridge J, Muzio D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Management Studies

Year: 2016

Volume: 53

Issue: 1

Pages: 89-124

Print publication date: 01/01/2016

Online publication date: 24/02/2015

Acceptance date: 19/11/2014

Date deposited: 24/11/2014

ISSN (print): 0022-2380

ISSN (electronic): 1467-6486

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/joms.12122


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