Up or Aside? Micro-foundations of Institutional Change in the Career Structure of UK Elite Law Firms

Thomas J. Roulet, Lionel Paolella, Claudia Gabbioneta, Daniel Muzio

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The authors investigate an institutional change as the co-occurrence of deinstitutionalization and institutionalization, while accounting for its determinants
at multiple levels of analysis to further our understanding of how individual
characteristics aggregated at the organizational level and organizational characteristics together account for the erosion and emergence of practices within
the field. The authors empirically explore this question in a multilevel dataset
of UK law firms and their employees, looking in particular at how the practice
of equity partnership faded away and how non-equity partnership emerged as
a new practice. The results contribute to the literature on institutional change
and the micro-foundation of institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X

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  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Equity partnership
  • Institutional change
  • Institutionalization
  • Law firms
  • Microfoundations of institutions

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