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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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IV. A Pilot Study for Refining the Theoretic Model of Identity Conditionings of the Managerial Potential

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In this chapter, I will describe the study that I have planned and applied for refining the theoretical model that I have developed from the qualitative data (see chapter III). Thus, in the first subchapter, I will present the methodological aspects of research. Then, in two more subchapters, I will present the results of the pilot study and the instruments that make up the foundation for these results. By this, I mean the diagnosis and prognosis instruments for managerial potential. These instruments will only be designed and I need to highlight this aspect since I am referring to the realisation of instruments that are merely designed and oriented, which offer no warranties concerning managerial diagnosis or prognosis (such warranties can only be the result of a long term application of these instruments, after having tested them on representative samples and after diachronic research). Therefore, I shall do an exploration of the collected data (from a non-representative sample, by non-probability sampling) in order to generate hypotheses (instruments to be verified).

IV.1 The Methodological Dimensions of Research

In this subchapter, I shall describe the stages of the pilot study (what was done and how, for each stage of research).

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