Who is 'the middle manager'?
|dc.contributor.author||Harding, Nancy H.|
|dc.contributor.author||Ford, Jackie M.|
|dc.identifier.citation||Harding N, Lee H and Ford J (2014) Who is ‘the middle manager’? Human Relations. 67(10): 1213-1237.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||Middle managers occupy a central position in organizational hierarchies, where they are responsible for implementing senior management plans by ensuring junior staff fulfil their roles. However, explorations of the identity of the middle manager offer contradictory insights. This article develops a theory of the identity of the middle manager using a theoretical framework offered by the philosopher Judith Butler and empirical material from focus groups of middle managers discussing their work. We use personal pronoun analysis to analyse the identity work they undertake while talking between themselves. We suggest that middle managers move between contradictory subject positions that both conform with and resist normative managerial identities, and we also illuminate how those moves are invoked. The theory we offer is that middle managers are both controlled and controllers, and resisted and resisters. We conclude that rather than being slotted into organizational hierarchies, middle managers constitute those hierarchies.||en_US|
|dc.rights||The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Human Relations, vol 67/issue 10 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. ©2014 The Authors.||en_US|
|dc.subject||Control; Identities; Interpellation; Judith Butler; Middle managers; Resistance||en_US|
|dc.title||Who is 'the middle manager'?||en_US|