The restructured professional organization: Corporates, cobwebs and cowboys

David M. Brock, Michael Powell, C. R. Hinings

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Aharoni shows how factors like the degree of standardization of work, recognition of the impact of globalization, and need for standardized certification resulted in the different levels of globalization among accounting and law firms. In the next chapter, Rose and Hinings point out that large accounting firms have expanded into different geographical areas and industries, and developed new services and products in pursuit of their multinational clients. The resulting structure of these Global Business Advisory Firms resembles Nohria and Ghoshal's (1997) differentiated network. The loosely coupled network of the global professional service firm is integrated with new organizational structures such as an international headquarters, client management roles, and international business units and divisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRestructuring the Professional Organization
Subtitle of host publicationAccounting, Health Care and Law
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781134651955
ISBN (Print)9780415192163
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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© 1999 David Brock, Michael Powell and C. R. Hinings.


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