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Externalization of Work by Corporate Law Firms: Implications for Careers and the Profession

This paper explores organizational restructuring in corporate law firms. We review recent changes in law firms’ business models and structures, specifically as they relate to the externalization of work – or the unbundling of work and its placement with outside entities, which redefines the division of labor and the nature of the employment relationship. We draw from the extensive scholarship on the legal profession to raise empirical and theoretical implications of market-driven change to the careers of lawyers as well as the shifting patterns of stratification within corporate firms and the profession at large.

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Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRiordan C, Osterman P
Book TitleResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
CityBingley, UK
ISBN978-1-78635-436-5
Abstract

This paper explores organizational restructuring in corporate law firms. We review recent changes in law firms’ business models and structures, specifically as they relate to the externalization of work – or the unbundling of work and its placement with outside entities, which redefines the division of labor and the nature of the employment relationship. We draw from the extensive scholarship on the legal profession to raise empirical and theoretical implications of market-driven change to the careers of lawyers as well as the shifting patterns of stratification within corporate firms and the profession at large.

URLhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/S0733-558X20160000047023#