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A multi-dimensional analysis of managers's power - functional, socio-politcal, interpretive-discursive, and socio-cultural approaches, management revue

Diefenbach, T. and By, R.T. and Klarner, P. (2009) A multi-dimensional analysis of managers's power - functional, socio-politcal, interpretive-discursive, and socio-cultural approaches, management revue. Management Revue. The International Review of Management Studies, 20 (4). pp. 413-431. ISSN 0935-9915

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Abstract

Managers' power within organisations has been analysed by several approaches: Orthodox management and organisation studies ('functional approach'), Critical Management Studies ('socio-political approaches'), interpretive, discourse-oriented and constructivist concepts ('interpretive-discursive approaches'), and anthropological, socio-psychological and sociological approaches ('socio-cultural approaches'). In organisational reality functional, socio-political, interpretive-discursive, and socio-cultural aspects are closely related and intertwined. However, because of division of intellectual labour, probably more because of different worldviews, researchers often make use of these approaches quite selectively. Such focussing has its advantages but also weaknesses. This paper therefore argues that it often helps to investigate complex phenomena such as managers' power in multi-dimensional ways.

Item type: Article
ID code: 14323
Keywords: power, managers, management studies, organisations, Management. Industrial Management
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Strategy and Organisation
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Depositing user: Ms Hilde Ann Quigley
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 12:50
Last modified: 06 Dec 2013 20:55
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/14323

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