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Seven Sins in Contemporary University Management:a Pathway through the Purgatorio?

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Paper for sub-theme 51: Practice-Based Approaches to the Study of Management and Managerial Work Charlotte Øland Madsen, Marita Svane, Mette Vinther Larsen ([email protected]) and Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark 1 Sub-theme 51: Practice-Based Approaches to the Study of Management and Managerial Work Paper for the 2013 EGOS Colloquia Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews A relational method for studying management and managerial work in small firms Abstract: This paper sketches a research method for studying management and managerial work in small firms that we would like to explore, discuss and improve in collaboration with colleagues. The method stands on a platform of relational social constructionism and uses Action Learning as a practical way to study managerial practices. A method that is currently being used to study how managers work on strategic challenges in relation to active development projects within five small firms. The purpose of the paper is to present the method and to highlight some benefits and pitfalls we would like to learn more about when it comes to studying, observing and analyzing managerial work practices. The paper is divided into three sections. The first introduces some of the ontological and, epistemological settings as well as the empirical study. The next section focusses on develop- ing an action learning model in a relational way that can be used to study managerial work, and the last section addresses some of the possible challenges when it comes to studying, observing and analyzing managerial work practices with this method. Keywords: managerial work, social constructionism, relational method, sensemaking, action learn- ing and discourse, Assistant Professor Mette Vinther Larsen 1 ([email protected]) Assistant Professor Charlotte Øland Madsen ([email protected]) Associate Professor Marita S

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