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: 9/28/2001
  • 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

1. A Structural Theory of Collective Action Among Peers
2. Spencer, Grace, & Robbins
3. Niches and Status in the Firm: A Specific Exchange System
4. Economic Performance and Quality Control
5. Too Many Chefs?
6. Balance of Power and Organizational Integration: A Montesquieu Structure
7. Pressuring Partners Back to Good Order: A Lateral Control Regime
8. Multi-Status Oligarchs and the Negotiation of Precarious Values

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