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Institutional legacies in TNCs and their management through training academies: the case of transnational law firms in Italy

Faulconbridge, James and Muzio, Daniel and Cook, Andy (2012) Institutional legacies in TNCs and their management through training academies: the case of transnational law firms in Italy. Global Networks, 12 (1). pp. 48-70. ISSN 1470-2266

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    Abstract

    This paper highlights the effects of heterogeneous institutional contexts on transnational professional service firms, a relatively understudied issue. Specifically the paper provides empirical analysis of how the specificities of the Italian institutional context affect the activities of English legal professional service firms in Milan. This reveals the intimate connection between varieties of capitalisms, place-specific workplace cultures and practices, and the institution-related challenges transnational professional service firms and all transnational corporations (TNCs) face. The paper also reveals the way institutionally generated differences at the level of work practices are managed in transnational law firms through worldwide training programmes designed to ‘govern’ the practices of workers in different parts of the TNC’s network. This highlights the importance of studying attempts to manage institutional heterogeneity at the level of workplace practices, something often missed in existing meso-scale studies of TNCs’ governance structures. Consequently, detailed empirical archaeologies exploring the direct links between institutions and practices are highlighted as being an important as part of future research analysing the effects of institutions on TNCs.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Global Networks
    Uncontrolled Keywords: TRANSNATIONAL LAW, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRM, MANAGEMENT
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    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
    ID Code: 52104
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 09 Mar 2012 02:58
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 15:18
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52104

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