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Schröder-Wildhagen Anja (Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg)
Features of Biographical Processes of Professionalization Amongst Managers : Being Aware of The Relevance of Non-economic Conditions and Features of Managerial Work and Laboring With its Paradoxes and Antinomies
Journal of Intercultural Management, 2011, vol. 3, nr 1, s. 44-63, bibliogr. 19 poz.
Menedżer, Profesjonalizm
Manager, Professionalism
Professionalized work of personnel managers in terms of the outlined sociological meaning of profession is paradoxically in great demand in the context of current processes of economic globalization. It seems that professional managerial work that is directed towards the establishment and protection of social foundations of economic action becomes especially important in the face of irritation and fear caused by continuous restructuring processes and organizational upheavals in business companies. Cases show that managers often misinterpret or even fade out paradoxical requirements of their work in order to avoid conflicts with addressees and also due to very strong antinomic tensions in the economic institutional sector. Hence, problem-solving activities that take into account the perspective of personnel-clients are often subordinated. This means that managers are likely to put up with further escalation of conflicts. Possibilities of joint solutions are then being diminished or even destroyed. - To conclude in terms of Joseph Schumpeter one might even say that the extreme focus on the value of utility maximization and related theories promote a self-destructive process of capitalist enterprises and (parts of) the economic system in the long run. Processes of professionalization in management could retard this powerful overarching process of endangering the social foundations of work and social action in the economy. (fragment of text)
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