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

Emmanuel Lazega


Organizations performing non-routine, innovative, often knowledge-intensive tasks, for example, professional partnerships need a rather flat, collegial, and non-bureaucratic structure. This book examines cooperation among partners in a US corporate law firm and provides a grounded theory of collective action among rival peers, or collegiality. Members (partners and associates) are portrayed as independent entrepreneurs who build social niches in their organization and cultivate status competition among themselves. This behaviour allows them to fulfil their commitment to an extremely constraini ... More

Keywords: knowledge-intensive tasks, professional partnerships, corporate law, collective action, collegiality, members, partners, associates, network analysis, management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242726
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emmanuel Lazega, author
Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Lille I, France

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