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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Management Studies
Issue number1
Volume53
Number of pages36
Pages (from-to)89-124
Publication statusPublished
Early online date24/02/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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 highlig hting 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

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. C 2015 The Authors Journal of Management Studies published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Society for the Advancement of Management Studies