Transnational corporations shaping institutional change : the case of English law firms in Germany

Faulconbridge, James and Muzio, Daniel (2015) Transnational corporations shaping institutional change : the case of English law firms in Germany. Journal of Economic Geography, 15 (6). pp. 1195-1226. ISSN 1468-2702

[thumbnail of Transnational corporations driving institutional change - final published paper]
PDF (Transnational corporations driving institutional change - final published paper)
Transnational_corporations_driving_institutional_change_final_published_paper.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (287kB)


Questions remain about the factors that influence the ability of transnational corporations (TNCs) to shape processes of institutional change. In particular, questions about power relations need more attention. To address such questions, this article develops a neo-institutional theory-inspired analysis of the case of English law firms and their impacts on institutional change in Germany. The article shows that the shaping of the direction of institutional change by English legal TNCs was a product of conjunctural moments in which local institutional instability combined with the presence, resources and strategies of the TNCs to redirect the path of institutional evolution. This draws attention to the need to go beyond the TNC and its resources and to consider the way a diverse array of local actors and their generating of instability in existing institutional structures influence the ability of TNCs to become involved in processes of institutional change in particular, conjunctural moments in time

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Economic Geography
Additional Information:
© The Author (2014). Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords:
?? institutionsevolutionlaw firmstransnational corporationgermanyglobalisationeconomics and econometricsgeography, planning and development ??
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
13 Oct 2014 07:57
Last Modified:
15 Jul 2024 14:49