Department of Management

Mona T Madsen

I'm the Steersman of the ship- with help from my seamen: Middle managers articulation of contrasting Leadership discourse effects

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Ever since a so-called New Leadership wave of the 1980’s, strong discourse truth effects have been embedded in the research debate of leadership, which emphasize that visions, values, and participation, are important elements of leadership. These aspects of managerial practice may from time to time appear as contrasting especially among middle managers. The empirical section in this paper is based on un-structured interviews with three middle managers reflecting on their managerial practices. The interviews illustrated how middle managers’ identity construction may sometimes be reflected by in-security regarding paradoxical messages from leadership discourses. In other words, the transcripts of the interviews revealed that competition between discourse effects from philosophies of participation and visionary leadership, respectively seem to regulate middle managers’ identity construction. Implications for research, and practice are indicated in the end of the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2014
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventBritish Academy of Management - , United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201411 Sep 2014


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management
CountryUnited Kingdom

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