The End of Managerial Control?
Joseph A. Raelin
Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business
March 1, 2011
Group & Organization Management, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 135-160, 2011
This paper has the aim of considering whether managerial control, no matter its form, has outlived its usefulness in post-bureaucratic society, and if so, whether it can be replaced by a more emancipatory discourse among local practitioners as they confront the immanent requirements of social interaction within their own practices. The paper initially reviews the limitations of bureaucratic control and considers post-bureaucratic or “soft” alternatives as sources of empowerment. Seen as ideals, post-bureaucratic options are not thought to overturn the imposition of control in organizing, but the relocation of the positioning of work to the practice setting offers management a new role as the facilitator of the critical discourse required to sustain and enhance local activity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Managerial Control, Post-Bureaucracy, Practice, Labor Process, Corporate Culture, Participative Values, Social Networks, Facilitation, Foucault, Subjectification, Identity, Empowerment
JEL Classification: D21, D23, D73, J24, L22, M10, M12, M51, M53, O31
Date posted: March 21, 2011
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