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Emergent Manager

by Watson T and Harris P SAGE Publications Ltd
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Whilst there is a great deal written about management which sets out to tell people how to do it or how to perform better, there is a lot less about the day-to-day realities of managing work. An earlier study by Tony Watson, In Search of Management (1984) was a major attempt to add to this fairly limited literature. Following the very positive reception this book received, it was felt that some of the issues raised by the study could be followed up by changing the emphasis on the lives of managers in a single organisation to one on the range and variety of places in which people 'manage'. It was also felt that a lot more needed to be said about the process of people becoming managers. The Emergent Manager thus looks closely at the lives of managers in a range of settings and how they make sense of their pasts, presents and futures as managers and as people with identities outside the workplace. This book provides a new understanding of the nature of management work and of the way people make sense of their lives as managers across a range of workplaces from civil service departments and building societies to shops, restaurants and schools.

Making Sense of Managing Approaching and Entering Managerial Work Managing to Manage Learning to Manage and Managing to Learn Managing the Self and Fitting the Part Managing the Self and Playing the Part Managing Relationships and Doing the Right Thing Managing a Life at Work and Away from Work Boundaries, Balances and Priorities Managing Management Emergent Managers in a Changing World

In my work here in Nottingham I teach, write about and do research on organisations, managerial work, strategy-making, entrepreneurship, HRM and industrial sociology. The books I have written include The Personnel Managers (1977), Management, Organisation and Employment Strategy (1986), In Search of Management (1994/ 2001), The Emergent Manager (1999), Organising and Managing Work (2002) and Sociology, Work and Industry (5th edition 2008). A theme running through my work is the relationship between the emergent life strategies and identities of organisational members (especially entrepreneurs and strategy-makers) and emergent enterprises. Although I use a variety of different research methods, I make particular use of ethnographic techniques. I am especially enthusiastic about narrative (including film-based) forms of research reporting as means of teaching and providing insights to a range of audiences about the complexities, contradictions, pains and delights of organisational and business life.