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The Work of Managers: Towards a Practice Theory of Management

Stefan Tengblad


This book addresses one of the most central issues in the field of management and answers the following questions: What do managers actually do at work? How do they tackle their responsibilities and work pressures? The book takes a practice perspective by using the behaviour and activities of knowledgeable, experienced, and skilful managers as the primary data for theorizing about management. In this perspective, successful management requires understanding and artistry in addition to knowledge, experience, and skills. The practice perspective calls attention to how widespread certain manageme ... More

Keywords: managerial work, managerial behaviour, management practices, shadowing, construction site managers, university vice chancellors, health-care managers, CEOs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199639724
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Tengblad, editor
Professor in Business Administration, School of Technology and Science, University of Skövde, Sweden

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Part I Framework

4 Managerial leadership: identities, processes, and interactions

Stefan Sveningsson Johan Alvehus Mats Alvesson

5 Multi-framing as a tool in top management teams

Gary Kokk Sten Jönsson Airi Rovio-Johansson

6 Work activities and stress among managers in health care

Rebecka Arman Ewa Wikström Ellinor Tengelin Lotta Dellve

9 Managers at the municipal top

Anna Cregård Rolf Solli

16 Refining shadowing methods for studying managerial work

Rebecka Arman Ola Edvin Vie and Håvard Åsvoll

17 Bridging the management theory and practice gap

Rob B. Briner Lars Engwall Tina L. Juillerat Henry Mintzberg Frederick P. Morgeson Michael G. Pratt and Stefan Tengblad

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