Configurations and Performance: The Role of Complementarities in the Design of Law Firms

50 Pages Posted: 18 May 2011

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Edgar Ennen

EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht - EBS Business School - Department of Strategy, Organization & Leadership

Ansgar Richter

University of Liverpool - Management School (ULMS)

Klaus Uhlenbruck

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 28, 2011

Abstract

Despite the theoretical appeal of configurational approaches, little empirical research to date has found a clear relationship between configuration membership and firm performance. In this paper, we argue that complementarities among strategic and structural characteristics establish configurations and account for performance differences between firms. We analyze a panel data set of US law firms from the period of 1992-1999, using a fuzzy clustering approach to measure the firms’ affiliation to theoretically derived configurations. The results show that the degree to which firms conform to these complementarity-driven configurations has a significant positive effect on their performance.

Keywords: Configuration, complementarity, performance, professional service firms

Suggested Citation

Ennen, Edgar and Richter, Ansgar and Uhlenbruck, Klaus, Configurations and Performance: The Role of Complementarities in the Design of Law Firms (April 28, 2011). European Business School Research Paper No. 11-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1837637 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1837637

Edgar Ennen

EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht - EBS Business School - Department of Strategy, Organization & Leadership ( email )

International University Schloss Reichartshausen
Campus Wiesbaden, Soehnleinstrasse 8D
Wiesbaden, 65201
Germany

Ansgar Richter (Contact Author)

University of Liverpool - Management School (ULMS) ( email )

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United Kingdom
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Klaus Uhlenbruck

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