Monday, October 22, 2018

Patricia Bromley, Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Management and Hyper-Management: Models of Empowered Organizational Leadership

Time and Location: Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

co-author: John W. Meyer, Stanford University

Conceptions of management and leadership have expanded and transformed dramatically in recent decades.  Beyond the management of people through routine controls, the call is for leadership of empowered actors.  And beyond the effective pursuit of given goals, the demand is for innovative and entrepreneurial vision.  This change occurs because both organizations and individuals are structured in liberal society as sovereign, bounded and autonomous social actors, with the capacity and authority to choose a wide range of purposes, and to have a unique identity.  Organizations are legitimately entitled to incorporate people and functional groups that are themselves empowered social actors; this requires greatly expanded managerial roles.  These changes help explain core tensions in management: Contemporary hyper-management involves expanding claims of responsibility and capability (and compensation), hand in hand with the shrinking legitimacy of imperative authority and the organizational chart.