Advanced

Management is the solution: Now what was the problem? On the fragile basis for managerialism

Alvesson, Mats LU and Sveningsson, Stefan LU (2011) In Scandinavian Journal of Management 27(4). p.349-361
Abstract
This paper critically investigates the impact and meaning of managerialism in a pharmaceutical firm by exploring its shaky basis. Managers' explanations of the failure in research leading to new products showed considerable variety. This reflects the absence of any shared understanding of research inefficiencies and difficulties to determine the roots of the problems. Despite this people blame bad management and put hope to improved responsibility of managers. The study highlights the ambiguity of causes of the research inefficiencies and how this is suppressed as well as exploited by the introduction of a vague managerialist agenda. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Management, Managerialism, Ambiguity, Knowledge-intensive firm, Knowledge work
in
Scandinavian Journal of Management
volume
27
issue
4
pages
349 - 361
publisher
Elsevier
external identifiers
  • wos:000298030000001
  • scopus:80755139406
ISSN
0956-5221
DOI
10.1016/j.scaman.2011.08.002
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
22c91fcf-d6b6-4b2b-9210-869b98b49875 (old id 2348499)
date added to LUP
2012-02-24 11:15:03
date last changed
2017-11-19 03:49:22
@article{22c91fcf-d6b6-4b2b-9210-869b98b49875,
  abstract     = {This paper critically investigates the impact and meaning of managerialism in a pharmaceutical firm by exploring its shaky basis. Managers' explanations of the failure in research leading to new products showed considerable variety. This reflects the absence of any shared understanding of research inefficiencies and difficulties to determine the roots of the problems. Despite this people blame bad management and put hope to improved responsibility of managers. The study highlights the ambiguity of causes of the research inefficiencies and how this is suppressed as well as exploited by the introduction of a vague managerialist agenda. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.},
  author       = {Alvesson, Mats and Sveningsson, Stefan},
  issn         = {0956-5221},
  keyword      = {Management,Managerialism,Ambiguity,Knowledge-intensive firm,Knowledge work},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {349--361},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Management},
  title        = {Management is the solution: Now what was the problem? On the fragile basis for managerialism},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2011.08.002},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2011},
}