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Change, change or be exchanged: The discourse of participation and the manufacture of identity

Musson, G. and Duberley, J. (2007) Change, change or be exchanged: The discourse of participation and the manufacture of identity. Journal of Management Studies, 44 (1). pp. 143-164. ISSN 1467-6486

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Abstract

Promoting participation is an accepted and expected component of managerial activity, reflecting current management ideology and practice. This paper explores how one particular group of supervisors, within the same UK manufacturing organization, experience and make sense of participation practices and the role of identity in that process. Our findings show that whilst supervisors may utilize the managerial discourse in formal settings they also draw upon three alternative responses. Thus contrary to much of the literature they do not represent a homogenous or univocal grouping. Our study highlights the importance of the competing bases of identity formation that supervisors draw from, and the complexity and contradiction inherent in both the managerial discourse and in supervisors' responses to it.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Keywords: discourse, identity, participation, supervisors/middle management
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Sheffield University Management School
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2007 12:17
Published Version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j...
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00640.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1961

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