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 Management: Emergent Managers in a Changing World

Managing Management: Emergent Managers in a Changing World

Managing management: Emergent managers in a changing world

In this final chapter we shall set our selection of managers within the wider picture of which they are a part. We should perhaps first, however, remind ourselves that this selection of managers differs somewhat from what is normally seen in studies of ‘what is happening’ to managers. Study after study looks at the functionaries of large organisations operating in what we might call ‘mainstream’ industries or fields of administration. Studies tend to confine themselves either to a single industry or to a small sample of work organisation types. This is inevitable when the study adopts a case study or ethnographic style but it is often also the case when ...

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