Management is the solution: Now what was the problem? On the fragile basis for managerialism

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This paper critically investigates the impact and meaning of managerialism in a pharmaceutical firm by exploring its shaky basis. Managers' explanations of the failure in research leading to new products showed considerable variety. This reflects the absence of any shared understanding of research inefficiencies and difficulties to determine the roots of the problems. Despite this people blame bad management and put hope to improved responsibility of managers. The study highlights the ambiguity of causes of the research inefficiencies and how this is suppressed as well as exploited by the introduction of a vague managerialist agenda. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-361
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Business Administration
  • Economics and Business


  • Management
  • Managerialism
  • Ambiguity
  • Knowledge-intensive firm
  • Knowledge work


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