One Firm One Future at Davis Langdon (B)

Posted: 19 Aug 2010

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Robert G. Eccles

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Kaitlyn Simpson

Harvard Business School

Date Written: July 7, 2010

Abstract

Senior Partner Rob Smith just led construction consultancy firm Davis Langdon through a major organizational change in Europe and the Middle East. In the past, compensation arrangements had not incentivized partners to collaborate across the firm to serve clients' increasingly global and complex needs. In 2007, under Smith's leadership, the partnership agreed to implement holistic change. This included a shift from geographical to sector structure and a new profit-sharing system that encouraged partners to work together for the benefit of the firm as a whole. Amidst the global economic crisis, Smith must decide how to extend on a global basis the alignment the firm has begun to achieve in Europe and the Middle East.

Suggested Citation

Eccles, Robert G. and Simpson, Kaitlyn, One Firm One Future at Davis Langdon (B) (July 7, 2010). HBS Case No. 411-007; Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661842

Robert G. Eccles (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Kaitlyn Simpson

Harvard Business School ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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