'What do you Want from Me?' A Poststructuralist Feminist Reading of Middle Managers' Identities

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dc.contributor.author Pullen, A
dc.contributor.author Thomas, R
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-20T13:02:14Z
dc.date.issued 2002-01
dc.identifier.citation Culture and Organizations, 2002, 8 (1), pp. 1 - 21
dc.identifier.issn 1475-9551
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/1118
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the processes of identity construction of four male and female middle managers within one restructured organization, Larts, to illustrate how these individuals draw on different gendered discourses to construct and legitimize their generic roles and identities as middle managers. Drawing on earlier research (Thomas and Linstead, 2002) that argued for a socially constructed view of identity to explore middle managers' identity construction, this paper conducts a poststructuralist feminist reading to move beyond existing studies of managerial identities which regard those identities as changing but relatively stable, towards the recognition of identity construction as a form of first-order accounting (Garfinkel, 1967) which is characterized by paradox, fluidity, inconsistency and emergence. Identities are constructed in terms of the conjunction of reflecting on past and future experiences, as an explanation of previous events in a way that positions the constructor of the account advantageously for future episodes. The paper presents accounts of four middle managers, drawn from interview material, to illustrate and explore issues of identity construction in one organization. We offer here the conceptualization of identities as masks that are created as resources for participation in an ongoing masquerade. More specifically, the gender mask is analyzed to account for the ways in which middle managers restructure their sense of 'self ' by managing the tension between the often contradictory demands posed by unfolding answers to the continuously posed, yet often implicit, questions "What do you [the organization] want from me?" and "What do I want to be in the future?"
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.title 'What do you Want from Me?' A Poststructuralist Feminist Reading of Middle Managers' Identities
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Culture and Organizations
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 8
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 21 en_US
dc.cauo.name Management en_US
dc.personcode 998191
dc.description.keywords algorithmic composition
dc.description.keywords cellular automata
dc.description.keywords electronic music
dc.description.keywords generative music
dc.description.keywords sound synthesis
dc.description.keywords MIDDLE managers, PSYCHOLOGY, ADJUSTMENT (Psychology)
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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