Department of Management

Mona T Madsen

Facilitating Conversations about Managerial Identities: Critical and practical engagement in a post-bureaucracy

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The theoretical starting point for this paper was a skeptical attitude towards an often very positive articulation of post-bureaucratic ideals. To narrow down focus, a specific version of an assumed post bureaucracy, the project-based organization, was chosen, and a theoretical framework for identity work was introduced. The empirical starting point was progressive performativity and constructionistic process consultation with the intention to engage with a practical context, a company. The empirical study was based on a) individual interviews with three middle managers in a project-based organization in the engineering consulting sector b) a reflection meeting, where the same three managers were gathered, and conversations were facilitated based on identity work in the context of earlier interviews. More specifically, three themes were discussed; flat organizational structure, tensions between project work and professional development, and the role of Department Heads. Theoretically, the study contributes to discussions on the need for legitimizing different mixtures of bureaucratic and post bureaucratic ideals. Methodological reflections are made in the discussion as well.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2016
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEGOS: Organizing in the shadow of power - Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 Jul 20169 Jul 2016



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