Invitation to open lecture by Mats Alvesson on Managerial Lives
The lecture is based on the book Managerial lives. Leadership and identity in an imperfect world, Cambridge University Press. All interested are welcome!
11.10.2016 kl. 14.15 - 15.15
Open lecture by Mats Alvesson
The talk offers in-depth and rich descriptions of managerial life in modern organizations and an understanding of managerial work, leadership and identity. Besides providing thought-provoking portrayals of managers at work the talk illuminates the often doubtful value and relevance of many contemporary ideas on leadership.
Central in the talk is the close and critical examination of what happens when many of the common, popular and attractive management and leader ideals meet the complex and often highly ambiguous organizational realities. Managers commonly identify themselves with a number of different ideals and recipes, for example either to be strategic and visionary and/or to be more relationship oriented, humanistic and accommodating in relation to subordinates, aiming for transformational, authentic forms of leadership. However, rather than being concerned with strategic and visionary ideals, managerial work is primarily made up of administrative and operative details – quite mundane issues around IT, budgets, wages, holidays, sick leave etc - far from the ideal world of our managers. The talk demonstrates how the gap or tension between the ideal and reality create various forms of identity conflicts and how managers deal with these.
The lecture is based on the book Managerial lives. Leadership and identity in an imperfect world, Cambridge University Press.
Department of Culture and Global Studies
Fibigerstraede 15, Auditorium A - Aalborg University