'I don’t know what I am doing!': surfacing struggles of managerial identity work

Hay, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-2629-230X, 2014. 'I don’t know what I am doing!': surfacing struggles of managerial identity work. Management Learning, 45 (5), pp. 509-524. ISSN 1350-5076

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Recent work contends that management education provides an important space for managers’ identity work. However, it is also recognised that much of what is currently offered constrains rather than enables managers’ identity work. Against this background, I present material which provides important practical possibilities to managers for more realistic and helpful forms of identity work, and theoretically also add to the development of a more nuanced understanding of managerial identity work processes. Drawing on interviews with a range of managers, I offer rare empirical evidence which illustrates the ordinarily suppressed emotional struggles of the mismatch between social identities of manager and self identities. In this way, I contribute to current theoretical offerings to demonstrate the centrality of emotions to processes of becoming. In turn, I propose that exploration of these emotions offers management educators important possibilities for facilitating managers’ identity work.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Management Learning
Creators: Hay, A.
Publisher: Sage
Date: November 2014
Volume: 45
Number: 5
ISSN: 1350-5076
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:07
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:19
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8016

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