Managing power in organizations: The hidden history of its constitution

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Sage Publications
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
The SAGE Handbook of Power, 2009, 1, pp. 310 - 331
Issue Date:
2009-01
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Management as a practice of power involving the imposition of will is directed at framing not only the conduct of others but also oneself. It is a form of govemment linking how to mandate'with 'how to obey'. Managing implies power because it involves governing the conduct of oneself and others. Managing in any epoch will be a particular skill that involves execution and doing. It will be active, a practice. Moreover, it will not merely be a practice of the self - one doesn't just learn how to be a manager - but it is also a practice of the many others who are to be managed. Others must leam to be managed just as those who will manage them must leam that which constitutes managing in any given place and time.
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