The Work of Managers: Towards a Practice Theory of Management

Paperback | September 15, 2013

EditorStefan Tengblad

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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 andsystematic qualities, this book advances the "practice perspective", using behaviour 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 andCEOs 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.

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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 andsystematic qualities, this book advances the "practic...

Stefan Tengblad is Professor in Business Administration at University of Skovde, Sweden. He has written several articles on leadership and managerial work, which have been published in the Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Scandinavian Journal of Management and Qualitative Research in Acco...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199677395

ISBN - 13:9780199677399

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Part One: Framework1. Stefan Tengblad: Overcoming the Rationalist Fallacy in Management Research2. Stefan Tengblad and Ola Edvin Vie: Management in Practice: Overview of Classic Studies on Managerial WorkPart Two: A Practice Perspective on Leadership and Managerial Work3. 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 Interactions5. Gary Kokk, Sten Jonsson and Airi Rovio-Johansson: Multi-framing as a Tool in Top Management TeamsPart Three: Operational Managerial Work6. Rebecka Arman, Ewa Wikstrom, Ellinor Tengelin and Lotta Dellve: Work Activities and Stress Among Managers in Health Care7. Alexander Styhre: Leadership as Muddling Through: Site Managers in the Construction Industry8. Ola Edvin Vie: RandD Managers Leading Knowledge Workers with CarePart Four: Administrative Managerial Work9. Anna Cregard and Rolf Solli: Managers at the Municipal Top10. Leif Jonsson: The Swedish Municipality Director: A Managerial Function between Politics and Administration11. 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 DevelopmentPart Five: Managerial Work in Small Businesses13. Henrik Floren and Joakim Tell: Managerial Behaviour in Small Firms: Does it Matter What Managers Do?14. Anders Nilsson, Mats Westerberg and Einar Hackner: The Duality of Strategic Managerial Work in SMEs: A Structuration Perspective15. Ethel Brundin and Leif Melin: Managerial Practices in Family Owned Firms: Strategizing Actors, their Arenas and their EmotionsPart Six: The Way Forward16. Rebecka Arman, Ola Edvin Vie and Havard Asvoll: Refining Shadowing Methods for Studying Managerial Work17. 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 Gap18. Stefan Tengblad: Conclusion and the Way Forward: Towards a Practice Theory of Management