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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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This book represents a reproduction of part of my PhD dissertation: Identity strategies for the personal development of managerial elites, coordinated by PhD professor Petru Iluţ and presented at the Babeṣ-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in 2009. The final part of the doctoral program that I followed, the one that concerned the elaboration of the doctoral dissertation was financially supported by the UEFISCSU, through a research project for young PhD candidates, which I won following a national competition: PN-II-RU-TD-2008 (contract no.: 33/4.06.2008).

The PhD dissertation consists of 323 pages and it is not entirely rendered in this book. Parts of it have already been published as books and articles. Throughout this book I will be referring to some of those articles. I have gathered the chapters of this book that haven’t yet been published.

The first chapter is the introductory one, in which I have briefly described the objectives of my PhD dissertation, its contents by chapters and a few conclusions that I have reached as a result of my research. The theoretical background concerning identity has already been published in a book, the one that concerns personal development was published in an article, and chapter II of this book makes an inventory of studies that have been done up to the present, both nationally and internationally, with managers as their subjects.

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