The Emergent Manager examines the process of becoming a manager within organizations and considers how people relate the ways in which they 'manage' their lives to their development as managers in the workplace. At the heart of the book is the idea of the individual engaged in a continual process of 'becoming'. Focusing on the reported experiences of managers, the book is richly illustrated throughout with examples drawn from a variety of workplaces, including the civil service, academia, the retail industry, construction and engineering, banking and the prison service. Tony Watson and Pauline Harris together provide a new understanding of the nature of the management role and the ways in which

Managing to Manage

Managing to manage

We have now seen the various ways in which our managers talk about how they have emerged from their childhoods, their education and their previous work experiences to take on the managerial posts they are now in. Throughout the last chapter we saw people learning about themselves and learning about the world. It might seem that the obvious thing to do next would be to look at how our emergent managers have learned to carry out the responsibilities associated with these posts. However, we are not going to focus upon such matters until the next chapter. We first need, ourselves, to learn something of how they make sense of their managerial work – what conception they have of what they ...

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