Managerial Lives: Leadership and Identity in an Imperfect World

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Organizations are often complex and unwieldy, and many managers have difficulty in combining ideals and positive identities with the complexities and imperfections of life. They are expected to be strategic and competent, while at the same time human and empathetic. This engaging book takes a fresh look at managerial work as experienced and understood by managers. It examines the central tenets of managerial life, such as the work expectations that managers have, the significance they assign to different activities, and the difficulties that they face. It also takes a wider view of working life by looking at subordination in the managerial context. The theoretical material is supported by in-depth interviews with thirteen managers from different organizations. This book will appeal to those with an interest in management, and in leadership and identity questions in modern working life. The authors highlight the dilemmas and problems which lie beyond the formal and generally accepted descriptions of managerial life Gives the reader an in-depth understanding of the relationship between experience, situation and identity in an organizational context Uses thirteen real-life case studies of managers in different organizations, giving the reader an exciting insight into modern working life. © Stefan Sveningsson and Mats Alvesson 2016.


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  • Business Administration
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages357
ISBN (Electronic) 9781316399026
ISBN (Print)9781107551756
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch