The Collegial Phenomenon: The Social Mechanisms of Cooperation among Peers in a Corporate Law Partnership

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This book provides a grounded theory of the collegial form of organization. It is based on a network analysis of a traditional and successful Northeastern US corporate law firm in which partners — rational and calculating actors if there ever were any — locked themselves in a cooperative and long-term situation without much hierarchy and formal power differences to enforce their agreements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242726
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Emmanuel Lazega is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lille I, France. Previous positions have included Assistant Professor at the University of Versailles (1993-1999); Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University (1988-1991); and Researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford University (1986-1988)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction 1
1 A Structural Theory of Collective Action among Peers 19
2 Spencer, Grace & Robbins 52
3 Niches and Status in the Firm: A Specific Exchange System 91
4 Economic Performance and Quality Control 132
5 Too Many Chefs? 170
6 Organizational Integration: A Montesquieu Structure 182
7 Pressuring Partners Back to Good Order: A Lateral Control Regime 201
8 Multi-Status Oligarchs and the Negotiation of Precarious Values 242
Conclusion 267
App. A: Fieldwork and Questionnaire 276
App. B Density Tables for Figure 3.1 across the Co-Worker's, Advice, and Friendship Networks of all the Lawyers in the Firm 279
App. C Definition of Variables Presented in Table 3.3 281
App. D Professional Authority and the Distribution of the Authority to Know 282
App. E Presentation of Multirelational p Models 286
App. F A Montesquieu Structure: Spotting RED ('Ready-for-Easy-Defection') Subsets 288
App. G Overall Distribution of the Significant Effects on Each Respondent's Choices of Levers Analysed Separately in Chapter 7 291
App. H Specialization of the Main Levers: Procedure Followed to Construct Figure 7.6 293
App. I Who Guards the Guardians? Procedure Used to Build Figure 7.7 295
App. J Partners' Influence Network: Density Tables for Figure 8.2 297
Notes 299
References 319
Name Index 335
Subject Index 338
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