Bringing a fresh perspective to the evaluation of management problems, this book scrutinizes the influence managers have on employees’ understanding. It considers how managers use ideas and visions to frame their employees’ internalized understanding of the external rules and instructions that govern their work. The book brings an interpretative perspective to the question of individual and group competence and looks at how this is linked with understanding. The book refers throughout to international case studies and considers the cross-cultural impact on management and understanding at work.

The Rise of an Interpretative Perspective on Management

The rise of an interpretative perspective on management

As described in the previous chapter, an alleged paradigm shift has taken place in management research, as well as in practice, concerning how to manage people's work performance: a shift from using rules and regulations to a leadership based upon visions and ideas. We, however, claimed that the alleged paradigm shift has mostly taken place at a rhetorical but not at a practical level. The main argument was that managers have failed to turn the paradigm shift into practice because they have continued to act within the rationalistic perspective. If the paradigm shift is to be materialized in practice, management needs to be understood in a different way

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