Sub-theme 53: Behaviour, Management and Work

Kathryn Fahy
Lancaster University Management School, UK
David Oliver
HEC Montréal, Canada
Anne D. Smith
University of Tennessee, College of Business, USA

Call for Papers

What is the nature of contemporary managers’ work? In this track, we explore how managers handle pressure related to their career and work, internal organizational pressures, and environmental changes. First, pressure on contemporary managers may emerge from boundaryless careers and changes in job identity. Second, middle managers face internal organizational pressures such as strategy involvement, lateral conflict, rivalry, and disruption of informal networks of activities. Third, managers attend to environmental changes such as sustainability, crises, and new practices and industry logics. This sub-theme examines ways in which managers deal with these pressures through utilization of stories and discursive devices, changes to work design, upper echelon guidance, sensemaking, emotional engagement, resiliency, and managerial learning.

Kathryn Fahy is Lecturer in Strategic Management in the Centre for Strategic Management, Lancaster University Management School. Her current research interests focus on discourse and narrative in strategic change and rhetoric and legitimization of radical organizational transformation. Her research has also focused on practice theoretical approaches to understanding organizational knowledge and learning, and corporate responses to environmental sustainability pressures.
David Oliver is an Associate Professor of Management at HEC Montreal. His research interests include organizational identity, the practice of strategy, and stakeholder engagement. His research has appeared in journals such as 'Organization Studies', 'British Journal of Management', 'Human Relations' and the 'Journal of Business Ethics'.
Anne D. Smith is an Associate Professor of Management and the Flaskerud Professor in Business at the College of Business, University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her research focuses on strategy processes and middle managers using qualitative methodologies. She is an incoming associate editor at 'Organizational Research Methods'.