Managing People in Today's Law Firm: The Human Resources Approach to Surviving Change

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Despite clear evidence of a serious decline in morale, the major competitors in the law firm management marketplace have virtually ignored the motivational facet of current managerial theory and practice. As evidenced by a review of the literature dealing with law firm management, including major books, handbooks, and professional seminar outlines, there has existed until now no treatment of current management theory and practice as it pertains to law firms. In addressing human resources topics as they apply to ...

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Overview

Despite clear evidence of a serious decline in morale, the major competitors in the law firm management marketplace have virtually ignored the motivational facet of current managerial theory and practice. As evidenced by a review of the literature dealing with law firm management, including major books, handbooks, and professional seminar outlines, there has existed until now no treatment of current management theory and practice as it pertains to law firms. In addressing human resources topics as they apply to the modern law firm, this book fills a genuine void in an area which is of major importance to law firms challenged to remain profitable in an increasingly hostile environment.

Managing People in Today's Law Firm: The Human Resources Approach to Surviving Change provides a comprehensive treatment of critical aspects of modern management: motivation, communication, organizational culture, structure and strategy, power and politics, recruitment and training, the reward-performance-retention dynamic, performance appraisal, and planned change. Grounded in managerial theory and research, based on extensive practice, and exemplified by anecdotal war stories, this book makes valuable reading for partners, associates, managers, and future members of law firms—and offers important ideas for motivating members of all professional service firms. Intended for law firms and lawyers within them, solo practitioners who contemplate joining with others in a firm partnership, law school libraries, and general and professional association libraries including bar associations on the state and local levels.

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Addresses human resources topics as they apply to the modern law firm, treating aspects of modern management such as motivation, power and politics, communication, organizational culture, recruitment, performance appraisal, and planned change. Reviews the current status of management in the legal profession, and offers a primer on motivational theories. Of interest to partners, associates, managers, and future members of law firms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899308340
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1995
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

ELLEN WEISBORD is an Associate Professor of Management at Pace University and has been a consultant specializing in strategy development for professional service firms.

BRUCE H. CHARNOV is currently an Associate Professor of Management and General Business in the School of Business at Hofstra University.

JONATHAN LINDSEY is a principal in the national legal search and consulting firm of Major, Hagen & Africa.

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Table of Contents

1 The Current Status of Management in the Legal Profession 1
2 Motivational Theories: A Practical Primer 21
3 Recruitment and Retention 39
4 Performance Appraisal and Productivity 57
5 Innovative Compensation and Motivation 71
6 Group Dynamics: Theory and Practice for Productivity 89
7 Organizational Culture and Strategy 103
8 Firm Structure and Strategy 125
9 Firm Conflict, Power, and Politics 139
10 Management and Communication Skills 157
11 Applications 169
12 How to Change a Law Firm 175
13 Afterword 197
Selected Bibliography 199
Index 203
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