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Title: Promotion to Partner in Professional Service Firms
Authors: Pinnington, Ashly, H.
Morris, Timothy
Keywords: professions
professional firms
promotion systems
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Sage Publications
Series/Report no.: Human Relations
Abstract: A shift away from "up-or-out," the conventional promotion system in professional service firms, has been explained as part of a wider set of changes in internal labor market arrangements and management methods. This is investigated empirically in a sample of large partnerships in one profession. Up-or-out was used by less than one-third of the sample of firms but is common among the largest firms. Internal reforms to the professional firm do not fully explain its rarity; up-or-out appears to be adaptable to new forms of management and internal labor market policies. This raises a number of questions about the utility of theoretical explanations of how professional service firms work or are changing.
ISSN: 0018-7267
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