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The changing nature of managerial work: The effects of corporate restructuring on management jobs and careers

Foster, William M., Hassard, John S., Morris, Jonathan ORCID: and Wolfram Cox, Julie 2019. The changing nature of managerial work: The effects of corporate restructuring on management jobs and careers. Human Relations 72 (3) , pp. 473-504. 10.1177/0018726719828439

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This article analyses contemporary issues relevant to understanding the changing nature of management and managerial work. The argument is developed in four parts. First, to provide context, we offer an overview of the literature on the organization and control of managerial work, tracing contributions mainly from the early 1950s onwards. Second, we discuss the first of two related concerns relevant to understanding the contemporary nature of managerial work – strategies of organizational restructuring: an analysis highlighting the role of downsizing and delayering within corporate campaigns promoting ‘post-bureaucratic’ systems. Third, we extend this discussion by addressing how such corporate restructuring affects managers in their everyday work – notably in relation to the perceptions and realities of growing job insecurity and career uncertainty: an analysis that frequently draws upon our own investigations to establish an agenda for future research. The article concludes by summarizing the content of four research articles whose arguments relate to issues discussed in this analysis of managerial work. Keywords

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0018-7267
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 10 December 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 14:03

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