Institutional Legacies and Firm Dynamics: The Growth and Internationalization of UK and German Law Firms

  title={Institutional Legacies and Firm Dynamics: The Growth and Internationalization of UK and German Law Firms},
  author={G. Morgan and Sigrid Quack},
  journal={Organization Studies},
  pages={1765 - 1785}
This article addresses the question of how economic actors (re)shape their organizational and institutional contexts as their activities internationalize. By focusing on law firms, we choose a professional activity that has been regarded as highly determined by the national distinctiveness of professional and legal systems and would lead us to expect strong institutional legacies on firm dynamics. The comparative study of the growth and internationalization of corporate law firms in the UK and… Expand

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