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Identity Strategies for the Personal Development of Managerial Elites in Romania


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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In the conclusions section I will point out (according to the indications of professor Chelcea, 2003) the current state of knowledge for the approached theme, on a national and international plan, the novelty technical and methodological elements that were revealed through the conducted study, the applicability of results, the limitations of the investigations that I have done and the possible directions that future researchers might follow.

Regarding the current stage of knowledge for the approached theme, it can be said that the idea of developing of identity strategies for the development of managerial elites is an original one. Thus, it cannot be said that there is a current state of knowledge that is strictly related to this subject. On a national level, no research has been done concerning the identity of managers, while on an international level, the studies that reveal identity aspects in the case of managers have generally been of a descriptive nature. Apart from enumerating identity characteristics, these studies did not aim to use the resulting data with a view to the development of managers.

Therefore, the first novelty element in my PhD dissertation refers to researching managers. No socio-psychological research with managers for a universe was done in Romania or at least the results of such studies have not been published (I have knowledge of the existence of prospective studies concerning entrepreneurial behaviour – on individuals that do not hold and have never held such positions. What managers are really like...

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