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Managers doing leadership: The extra-ordinarization of the mundane

Alvesson, Mats LU and Sveningsson, Stefan LU (2003) In Human Relations 56(12). p.1435-1459
Abstract
Based on a case study of managers in a large, international knowledge-intensive company this article suggests a rethinking of leadership, taking the mundane, almost trivial, aspects of what managers/leaders actually do seriously. In the study, the managers interviewed emphasized the importance of listening and informal chatting. Managers listening to subordinates are assumed to have various positive effects, e.g. people feel more respected, visible and less anonymous, and included in teamwork. Rather than certain acts being significant in themselves, it is their being done by managers that gives them a special, emotional value beyond their everyday significance. Leadership is conceptualized as the extra-ordinarization of the mundane.
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extra-ordinarization, leadership management, mundane, knowledge-intensive firm
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Human Relations
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56
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12
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1435 - 1459
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0018-7267
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10.1177/00187267035612001
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English
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  abstract     = {Based on a case study of managers in a large, international knowledge-intensive company this article suggests a rethinking of leadership, taking the mundane, almost trivial, aspects of what managers/leaders actually do seriously. In the study, the managers interviewed emphasized the importance of listening and informal chatting. Managers listening to subordinates are assumed to have various positive effects, e.g. people feel more respected, visible and less anonymous, and included in teamwork. Rather than certain acts being significant in themselves, it is their being done by managers that gives them a special, emotional value beyond their everyday significance. Leadership is conceptualized as the extra-ordinarization of the mundane.},
  author       = {Alvesson, Mats and Sveningsson, Stefan},
  issn         = {0018-7267},
  keyword      = {extra-ordinarization,leadership management,mundane,knowledge-intensive firm},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {12},
  pages        = {1435--1459},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Human Relations},
  title        = {Managers doing leadership: The extra-ordinarization of the mundane},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00187267035612001},
  volume       = {56},
  year         = {2003},
}