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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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III. A Qualitative Study Concerning the Discovery of the Identity Conditionings Of Managerial Potential

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In this chapter, I will describe the stages of research that have led to the identification of identity conditions of managerial potential.

My initial idea was the feeling that managers are more or less efficient depending on some identity aspects (and that their efficiency can be improved by managing those aspects). I vaguely mentioned that we are talking about “certain” aspects because at the beginning of this research I couldn’t be and I didn’t want to be more precise. I suspected that this was about the people one meets throughout one’s lifetime, about the people that make an impression, about those that one takes as role models, about those that one has lost, etc. Or maybe about events that one witnesses or is a part of, therefore about one’s life story and about the way in which subjects interpret events, about the significations that they give things. In other words, I was aiming for the study of experiences: “We didn’t have direct access to such experiences. We can only study experience through its representations, through the ways that it is described.” (Denzin, 2001, p. 59).

At this stage in this study, identity has the status of what specialised literature calls “sensitising concept” (a concept that has been taken from Blumer). This designates “the way in which symbolic interactionists (and now, in general, qualitative) use concepts in their research. Socio-psychological concepts such as family, victim, stress, stigma and so on are loosely defined at the...

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