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Managing The Modern Law Firm

Author : Laura Empson
ISBN : 9780191615405
Genre : Business & Economics
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The last ten years have been a period of extraordinary change for law firms. The rapid growth of corporate law firms and the emergence of global mega-firms such as Clifford Chance, Linklaters, and Freshfields, have strained the traditional partnership model of management. Some managers of law firms are appalled at the creeping 'corporatism' that they fear may result. However a growing number believe that it is time to move on and adopt more contemporary forms of structure and management. Successfully meeting the challenges of this new business environment is vital for the continuing prosperity of law firms. Featuring contributions from both management researchers and legal practitioners, Managing the Modern Law Firm presents the latest insights from Management Studies in an approachable, practical, and relevant manner for lawyers and other professionals involved directly and indirectly with the management of law firms.

Leading Firms

Author : David Kuhlman
ISBN : 9781590799819
Genre : Business & Economics
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Leading a professional service firm is difficult enough in good times, and it is all the more risky in difficult ones. In Leading Firms: How Great Professional Service Firms Succeed & How Your Firm Can Too David Kuhlman, a highly respected management consultant to many of the world’s top firms, gives an informed view on how those in professional services can achieve the same success as best-in-class firms. Most businesses claim that people are their most important asset, but Kuhlman explains that professional service firms are unique because their entire value chain consists of people who must differentiate themselves from competitors who often offer the same product in similar ways with near-identical messaging. From the author’s examination of why it’s more difficult to implement change than in a traditional business, to his analysis of the challenges of rising above the competition, he offers a comprehensive guide to the special dynamics of the professional services firm. Kuhlman covers in striking detail the aspects of the daily dealing with clients and markets as well as the planning and implementation of long-term strategy that leading a firm requires. This book is divided into three parts. The first lays out foundations of success for any firm; this includes developing an effective strategy and also delivering consistent revenue, maintaining quality and maintaining profitability. The second section puts a strong focus on the capabilities that great firms possess as opposed to firms that are just merely “good.” This includes managing talent, delivering growth, and establishing brand synergy. The last part is about the practices and values necessary to develop a high-performing culture of professionals, one that continually nourishes the growth of superior talent while successfully managing client relationships and expectations. Leading Firms is perfect for anyone who wants to explore their firm’s potential and to better understand how the most successful firms in their industry arrived at their positions of leadership. It serves as a how-to guide for anyone leading in, or participating in, moving a professional service firm forward.

Compensation Plans For Law Firms

Author : James D. Cotterman
ISBN : 1590313658
Genre : Law
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This book features valuable data from leading legal consulting firm Altman Weil's surveys on law firm performance. You can develop a compensation plan that conveys fairness, simplicity, and flexibility, striking perfect balance within your firm.

Entrepreneurial Strategies Of Professional Service Firms An Analysis Of Commercial Law Firm Spin Offs In Germany

Author : Andreas B. Günther
ISBN : 9783942720267
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Over the past years, knowledge-intensive industries have gained significant importance as economic factor, giving rise to professional service firms (PSFs) such as law firms, accounting firms, or consultancies. Following this development, the research interest especially in the strategies pursued by PSFs has grown substantially. However, past research focused mainly on strategies of established mature PSFs, leaving academics as well as potential entrepreneurs without guidance on what newly founded, entrepreneurial PSFs should pay attention to in order to ensure lasting competitive advantages. Based on an explorative grounded theory analysis of two outstanding commercial law firm spin-offs in Germany, this work advances the research in this field. In addition to a detailed case study report, it offers a comprehensive theoretical framework and argues that PSFs have to employ a set of seven specific entrepreneurial strategies – including for example service delivery, people development, and client acquisition strategies – in order to successfully manage the entrepreneurial phase. In providing examples for the growing PSF industry, the findings on commercial law firm spin-offs also inform entrepreneurship research in other professions.

Leading Professionals

Author : Laura Empson
ISBN : 9780198744788
Genre : Business & Economics
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Professional organizations - such as accounting and consulting firms, law firms, and investment banks - are fundamental to the functioning of the global economy. Yet many of the most powerful are notoriously private. This book uncovers the complex, messy, and surprisingly emotional challenges of leading professional organizations - revealing the realities that lies beneath the 'professional' surface which these organizations present to the outside world. Individual professionals - highly educated, highly intelligent, and highly opinionated - are generally reluctant to see themselves as followers and may be equally reluctant to put themselves forward as leaders. They value their autonomy and confer authority on their leaders on a highly contingent basis. How does a professional come to be seen as a leader within a professional organization? How do leaders maintain their position once they have reached the top of their organization? How do they navigate the complex power relationships among their professional colleagues and actually get things done? Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas analyses the complex power dynamics and interpersonal politics that lie at the heart of leadership in professional organizations. It is based on Laura Empson's scholarly research into the world's leading professional organizations across a range of sectors, including interviews with over 500 senior professionals in 16 countries. It draws on the latest organizational and leadership theory to analyse in detail exactly how professionals come together to create 'leadership'. It identifies how change happens within professional organizations and explains why their leaders so often fail.

Common Truths

Author : Edward B. McLean
ISBN : 1932236171
Genre : Law
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Common Truths brings together the best minds writing on one of today's most important and heated issues: natural law. This diverse group of thinkers addresses the theoretical, historical, and--in a section of particular importance--the legislative and juridical aspects of natural law. A revival of natural law concepts, the essayists argue, is crucial to the refurbishing of American civil society. Anyone wanting to understand what the natural law is and why it matters will find this engaging book indispensable.

Gauguin S Challenge

Author : Norma Broude
ISBN : 9781501325168
Genre : Art
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Several decades have now passed since postcolonial and feminist critiques presented the art-historical world with a demythologized Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), a much-diminished image of the artist/hero who had once been universally admired as "the father of modernist primitivism.†? In this volume, both long-established and more recent Gauguin scholars offer a provocative picture of the evolution of Gauguin scholarship in the recent postmodern era, as they confront and consider how the dismantling of the longstanding Gauguin myth positions us now in the 21st century to deal with and assess the life, work, and legacy of this still perennially popular artist. To reassess the challenges that Gauguin faced in his own day as well as those that he continues to present to current and future scholarship, they explore the multiple contexts that influenced Gauguin's thought and behavior as well as his art and incorporate a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, from anthropology, philosophy, and the history of science to gender studies and the study of Pacific cultural history. Dealing with a wide range of Gauguin's production, they challenge conventional art-historical thinking, highlight transnational perspectives, and offer clues to the direction of future scholarship, as audiences worldwide seek to make multicultural peace with Gauguin and his art. Broude has raised the bar of Gauguin scholarship ever higher in this groundbreaking volume, which will be necessary reading for students and scholars of art history, late 19th-century French and Pacific culture, gender studies, and beyond.

New Perspectives In Forensic Human Skeletal Identification

Author : Krista E. Latham
ISBN : 9780128125380
Genre : Law
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New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification provides a comprehensive and up-to-date perspective on human identification methods in forensic anthropology. Divided into four distinct sections, the chapters will reflect recent advances in human skeletal identification, including statistical and morphometric methods for assessing the biological profile (sex, age, ancestry, stature), biochemical methods of identification (DNA analysis, stable isotope analysis, bomb curve analysis), and use of comparative radiography. The final section of this book highlights advances in human identification techniques that are being applied to international populations and disaster victims. The contributing authors represent established experts in forensic anthropology and closely related fields. New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification will be an essential resource for researchers, practitioners, and advanced students interested in state-of-the-art methods for human identification. A comprehensive and up-to-date volume on human identification methods in forensic anthropology Focuses on recent advances such as statistical and morphometric methods for assessing the biological profile, biochemical methods of identification and use of comparative radiography Includes an entire section on human identification techniques being applied to international populations and disaster victims

A New Taxonomy

Author : Bruce MacEwen
ISBN : 0615914195
Genre : Law firms
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A New Taxonomy provides a path-breaking analysis of the global "BigLaw" industry, identifying seven distinct species of law firm business model - their historic roots, future prospects, strengths and weaknesses, and the specific management techniques, priorities, and perspectives they require. Written with analytic rigor but an urbane and engaging style, it brings new perspective to a globally important industry, clarifying the law firm business landscape as never before. Here's what a few people are saying: "Wow! What an incredibly insightful and valuable work on taxonomy. Really, really makes sense on so many levels. I have read it twice now, and am incorporating so many of your ideas into what we need to do;" (Managing Partner, AmLaw25); and "My test of a good business book is simple; does it provide context that clarifies your thinking? This book does. It's a good one. It paints the BigLaw order of battle in vivid colors on a broad canvas. It helps you see the whole battlefield, not just the skirmishes." (from the Foreword by David Morley, Global Managing Partner of Allen & Overy The author is a lawyer and the President of Adam Smith, Esq., an industry-leading management consultancy to law firms and the legal industry around the globe. He has written for or been quoted in: The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; Fortune, Bloomberg; and other publications too numerous to mention, and is a sought-after speaker at law firm retreats and legal industry conferences around the world. Previously, he practiced securities law for nearly two decades in New York. Bruce was educated at Princeton University (BA magna cum laude in economics) and at Stanford Law School (JD). A native Manhattanite, he lives on New York's Upper West Side with his wife and their dog. KIRKUS FEATURED REVIEW An analytically rigorous but accessible guide to the shifting world of Big Law.MacEwen has built a strong reputation within the legal industry as an innovative thinker. He practiced law for years in New York, founded the popular website and has written for numerous periodicals about legal issues. In his second book, he parses "Big Law" into its elemental, commercial parts, detailing the basic categories of law firms, including "Global Players," "Capital Markets" and "Boutiques." He proceeds in the spirit of biological taxonomy, linking his approach to the Linnaean method of classifying different types of natural life. He aims to use the taxonomy not only to describe these firms, but also to demonstrate the evolving nature of competition in the legal sphere: "I believe an analogy to biological classification is useful...because there's competition within species (between individual firms who are essentially alike) as well as competition across species (between, e.g., global firms and boutiques)." For the firms themselves, understanding these classifications, and their places within them, is necessary to gauge their target audiences, and to market themselves effectively to prospective clients. The author deftly presents each of the seven types, highlighting its unique characteristics, its advantages and disadvantages, and its "managerial priorities." He concludes with an engaging, original view about the future of law firm competition, partly inspired by Stephen Jay Gould's "punctuated equilibria theory": "We have enjoyed a long period of stasis, but now we may be at the start of a period of intense speciation, with new forms of life emerging-some of which will prove adaptive and survive and others of which will be rejected by the antibodies of the marketplace." Even for the nonexpert, MacEwen's prose is clear and mercifully free of gratuitous jargon.A sharp, concise meditation on the business of law, and by extension, an important commentary on the state of the economy as a whole.

Thailand S Political Peasants

Author : Andrew Walker
ISBN : 9780299288235
Genre : History
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When a populist movement elected Thaksin Shinawatra as prime minister of Thailand in 2001, many of the country’s urban elite dismissed the outcome as just another symptom of rural corruption, a traditional patronage system dominated by local strongmen pressuring their neighbors through political bullying and vote-buying. In Thailand’s Political Peasants, however, Andrew Walker argues that the emergence of an entirely new socioeconomic dynamic has dramatically changed the relations of Thai peasants with the state, making them a political force to be reckoned with. Whereas their ancestors focused on subsistence, this generation of middle-income peasants seeks productive relationships with sources of state power, produces cash crops, and derives additional income through non-agricultural work. In the increasingly decentralized, disaggregated country, rural villagers and farmers have themselves become entrepreneurs and agents of the state at the local level, while the state has changed from an extractor of taxes to a supplier of subsidies and a patron of development projects. Thailand’s Political Peasants provides an original, provocative analysis that encourages an ethnographic rethinking of rural politics in rapidly developing countries. Drawing on six years of fieldwork in Ban Tiam, a rural village in northern Thailand, Walker shows how analyses of peasant politics that focus primarily on rebellion, resistance, and evasion are becoming less useful for understanding emergent forms of political society.

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