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What is a Manager? Classical thinking provides a clear explanation of how a manager is defined; can these managers be found within a contemporary organisation?

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2019

Classical thinking provides a clear explanation of how a manager is defined and develops criterion for managers’ actions. However, many writers problematise classical thinking’s view of a manager, suggesting that classical theory fails to consider or acknowledge further aspects of management, for example, the individualistic nature of managers. Therefore, this dissertation provides a discussion on problematising the clear definitions of a manager, developed by managerial theorists. Discussion on the problematisation of management includes several aspects of management: power relations, discourse, social construction, gender, storytelling, managerial identities, and masks (Grey, 2017), (Mintzberg, 2990), (Foucault, 1995), (Linstead and Thomas, 2002), (Sims, 2003) and (Watson, 2008). This discussion allows managers to be viewed individually, acknowledging the ungeneralisable nature of management practice.

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