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business people standing in line, one person stands in frontFitting In by Standing Out: Inter-firm Mobility among International Law Firms in Hong Kong

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, noon
Pound 108, Harvard Law School

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Jeroen Kuilman

Department of Organization & Strategy
Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Jeroen Kuilman’s research draws upon a longitudinal analysis of the attorney labor market in international law firms in Hong Kong to understand the impact of category spanning, specialization, and social status on inter-firm mobility. “Category spanning” refers to a lawyer or firm having multiple specialty areas or practice areas. In contrast to prior studies, Dr. Kuilman and his co-author examined both organizational and individual category memberships and status, and found that while category spanning by employees renders them less marketable and reduces their inter-firm mobility, category spanning by organizations tends to promote the marketability of their employees. Less-established individual attorneys were more marketable if they specialized in one practice area, but the more-established high-status attorneys were more marketable and mobile if they spanned several practice areas.

Jeroen Kuilman is associate professor in the Department of Organization and Strategy at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. From 2006 to 2009, Professor Kuilman was assistant professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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