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Identity Strategies for the Personal Development of Managerial Elites in Romania

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Florentina Scarneci-Domnisoru

The book explains managerial performance through self-identity aspects. It proposes identity instruments for the evaluation, prognosis and growth of managerial performance. A qualitative study was performed on Romanian managers to discover the identity conditionings of managerial potential (a grounded theory study). Also, a quantitative pilot study was performed on Romanian managers and non-managers for refining the theoretic model of identity conditionings of the managerial potential. The book can be a useful tool for those trying to use mixed research methods within complex studies, for those who aim to study the identity of managers and to explain and make prognoses about managerial potential and managerial performance from an identity point of view.
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II. Studies About Managers

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In this subchapter, I will be presenting research done up to the present having managers as subjects. It is international research, since on a national level socio-psychological research in the managerial universe was not done or was not published.

Sociologic interest concerning management focuses on four directions (according to Abercrombie et al., 2006): “1. a concern for managers as a privileged social group; 2. the nature of social relations within company hierarchies; 3. management as a process with both technical and social features; and 4. women’s position in management” (p. 227).

In management, searching for studies concerning managers has led me to the idea of leadership. Research concerning managers was reunited under the arch of this term. And “the word leadership only emerged in the first half of the XIXth centuries in works concerning the influence and control exercised by the British Parliament. The word has only recently made its way into most modern languages” (Bass, 1974/1990, p. 11).

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