Management Motifs

An Interactionist Approach for the Study of Organizational Interchange

  • Scott Grills
  • Robert Prus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Scott Grills, Robert Prus
    Pages 13-42
  3. Scott Grills, Robert Prus
    Pages 79-109
  4. Scott Grills, Robert Prus
    Pages 111-129
  5. Scott Grills, Robert Prus
    Pages 159-180
  6. Scott Grills, Robert Prus
    Pages 215-224
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-228

About this book


This book examines management and management-related activities as a feature of everyday life. Any person or group that attempts to influence or shape the behaviors or experiences of others may be understood as engaging in management activities. The study of management involves the study of achieving understanding, providing direction and coordinating activities with others across an endless array of humanly engaged terrains. Management Motifs provides a research agenda for an interactionist approach to the study of management activities. Moving well beyond more organizationally-based understandings of managers and management, it examines the pragmatic accomplishment of management activities and the generic social processes that accompany them. This work addresses diverse issues related to management such as: holding and doing office, pursuing cooperation, developing policy, envisioning and advocating for missions, establishing teams and generating team identities, sustaining team endeavors and managing self. By attending to management-related concerns as a generic feature of human group life, the authors develop and articulate a research framework for the study of managing and management.


Study of Management Acitivities Social Processes of Management Activities Organizational Interchange Humanly-Engaged Life Worlds Marxist-Postmodernist Agendas Humanistic Debates and Metaphoric Representations Managing Emotionality Studying Organizations in the Making Management and the Presentation of Self Human Activity

Authors and affiliations

  • Scott Grills
    • 1
  • Robert Prus
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93428-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93429-7
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