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When Managers Rebel - David Courpasson

Hardcover Published: 8th September 2010
ISBN: 9780230277861
Number Of Pages: 181

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This book is about rebellion, revolt and protest. One day, out of the blue, when not even they themselves are expecting it, somewhere one or more high-profile middle managers will rebel. These professionals refuse to maintain the pretence any longer and they are not afraid to say so out loud. What's more, they refuse to back down.

These rebellions occur more often than you might think. Rebels remind companies that they cannot intrude on their middle managers' private lives with impunity and ignore the social, cultural and moral environment in which they operate. This is a managerial challenge that they ignore at their peril.

Rebellion and protest need to be taken seriously. What little media attention had been given to the issue in the past has diluted it with ready-made explanations: "Isn't this what companies are inevitably coming to at the start of the 21st century?; or "Life is just tough for company employees, isn't it?"

This book will show just how hasty and superficial such conclusions are. Executive rebellion is a unique phenomenon, unlike any other. It is not always inevitable, and though it is often a result of a very negative situation, it can have positive results. In this intriguing book the authors demonstrate that when middle managers rebel they aren't just letting off steam, and that their acts of creative protest can even produce benefits for their companies. Rebellion sometimes pays off!

'The book provides food for thought for senior management who dream of empowering (and of ensnaring) their most able young executives' - Les Echos

'It shows how the relationship of upcoming executives to their work, and to society at large, is changing. It could help sound the death knell for management by numbers' - Le Monde Economie

'Courpasson and Thoenig provide a series of key insights into how corporations work at this level' - Professor Pierre Eric Tixier, Sciences-Po, Paris

Introduction: what on earth am I doing here?p. vii
The road to rebellionp. vii
An overlooked phenomenonp. viii
A phenomenon unlike any otherp. xi
An outline of this book and its playersp. xiii
An offer I couldn't refusep. 1
Patrick and Scotlandp. 1
Michael and the redundancy planp. 5
Three observations for further discussionp. 8
Early signs of rebellionp. 9
The disarray of the rebel who daresp. 10
Bruno, shaken by his own boldnessp. 11
A state of confusionp. 14
Private lives intervenep. 15
How Philip signed on to an existing rebellionp. 18
Whose fault is it?p. 21
Management spacesp. 24
Prison principlesp. 24
Like a playgroundp. 27
Fuel for rebellionp. 29
The spark that sets off the blazep. 34
The force of the locker roomp. 36
The dynamics of rebellionp. 40
Getting others involvedp. 40
The gestation of rebellionp. 53
Rebellion and changep. 58
What happens tomorrow to today's rebels?p. 70
Those who leavep. 70
Those who stayp. 77
Those who move upp. 83
Those who changep. 88
Creative rebellionp. 91
The different levels of creative rebellionp. 92
The drivers of creative rebellionp. 96
Different types of creative rebellionp. 101
Creative rebels' resourcesp. 102
When private lives fight backp. 109
Go-betweens with the other worldp. 109
The forbidden zonep. 116
Qualitative and local stakesp. 122
Exiting rebellion's vicious circlep. 125
Never forget the people down belowp. 125
This is no paper tigerp. 127
The ruses of powerp. 130
Other generations, same lack of trustp. 133
Bureaucracy foreverp. 137
Polyarchy as an alternativep. 144
Dealing with divergent views in political termsp. 144
Adversaries, not enemiesp. 149
Polyarchy, not anarchyp. 157
Conclusion: the future beckonsp. 163
A mixed picturep. 163
Various possible outcomesp. 166
Notesp. 170
Bibliographyp. 174
Index of namesp. 177
Index of rebelsp. 179
Index of subjectsp. 180
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ISBN: 9780230277861
ISBN-10: 0230277861
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 181
Published: 8th September 2010
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.75  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1