Managers are significant actors in contemporary organizations and yet there is very little deep-level analysis of what managers do, and how they understand their managerial selves and social situations. Instead of evaluating management techniques according to their internal logic and systematic qualities, this book advances the "practice perspective," using behavior and activities of successful, experienced, and skilled managers as the primary data for theorizing good management.
In this book, academics review classic literature on managerial work, discuss methodological and theoretical approaches, and present empirical studies on various kinds of managers at different levels of organizations, in different roles, and different sectors, from construction site managers and CEOs of large companies to university vice chancellors and front-line health care managers. It makes the case for studies of managerial work that look beyond the rational and ordered world to the challenges presented by, inter alia, work and information overload, complexity, performance pressures, unintended consequences, and irreconcilable expectations.
Part One: Framework
1: Stefan Tengblad: Overcoming the Rationalist Fallacy in Management Research
2: Stefan Tengblad and Ola Edvin Vie: Management in Practice: Overview of Classic Studies on Managerial Work
Part Two: A Practice Perspective on Leadership and Managerial Work
3: Ingalill Holmberg and Mats Tyrstrup: Well Then - What Now? An Everyday Approach to Managerial Leadership?
4: Stefan Sveningsson, Johan Alvehus and Mats Alvesson: Managerial Leadership: Identities, Processes, and Interactions
5: Gary Kokk, Sten Jönsson and Airi Rovio-Johansson: Multi-framing as a Tool in Top Management Teams
Part Three: Operational Managerial Work
6: Rebecka Arman, Ewa Wikström, Ellinor Tengelin and Lotta Dellve: Work Activities and Stress Among Managers in Health Care
7: Alexander Styhre: Leadership as Muddling Through: Site Managers in the Construction Industry
8: Ola Edvin Vie: R&D Managers Leading Knowledge Workers with Care
Part Four: Administrative Managerial Work
9: Anna Cregård and Rolf Solli: Managers at the Municipal Top
10: Leif Jonsson: The Swedish Municipality Director: A Managerial Function between Politics and Administration
11: Lars Engwall and Carin Eriksson Lindvall: Leaders of Modern Universities: Primi Inter Pares or Chief Executive Officers?
12: Stefan Tengblad: Managerial Work at the Top: Tracing Changes in Work Practices and Efforts Towards Theory Development
Part Five: Managerial Work in Small Businesses
13: Henrik Florén and Joakim Tell: Managerial Behaviour in Small Firms: Does it Matter What Managers Do?
14: Anders Nilsson, Mats Westerberg and Einar Häckner: The Duality of Strategic Managerial Work in SMEs: A Structuration Perspective
15: Ethel Brundin and Leif Melin: Managerial Practices in Family Owned Firms: Strategizing Actors, their Arenas and their Emotions
Part Six: The Way Forward
16: Rebecka Arman, Ola Edvin Vie and Håvard Åsvoll: Refining Shadowing Methods for Studying Managerial Work
17: Rob B. Briner. Lars Engwall, Tina L. Juillerat, Henry Mintzberg, Frederick P. Morgeson, Michael G. Pratt and Stefan Tengblad: Bridging the Management Theory and Practice Gap
18: Stefan Tengblad: Conclusion and the Way Forward: Towards a Practice Theory of Management
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 7th April 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.26
Weight (kg): 0.72