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Att leda sig själv: En foucaultinspirerad diskursanalys av makt och disciplinering i sekelskiftets populära managementlitteratur
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Under de senaste tre decennierna har populära managementböcker erbjudit snabba och enkla recept för hur ledare ska leda personal på ett effektivt sätt. Dessa böcker har blivit bästsäljare och har inspirerat många ledare inför nya utmaningar angående personalfrågor. Kända managementförfattare har alltså stor påverkan för hur individ och ledarskap uppfattas i samhället, samt för att förstärka en viss vision om hur människors beteende borde utformas för att företagsmässiga mål skall kunna uppnås. Denna studies syfte var att öka förståelsen för populär managementlitteraturs maktdimensioner. Tre bästsäljande managementböcker från sekelskiftet analyserades genom en foucaultinspirerad diskursanalys, med fokus på styrningsmentalitet, disciplin och människosyn. I analysen visas hur de utvalda böckerna innebär en styrningsmentalitet som präglas av interna kontroll- och utvärderingsformer, samt en disciplinär dimension som kristalliseras ut i definitioner av vad norm och avvikelse är i dagens organisation.

Abstract [en]

Over the past three decades, popular management books have offered quick and easy recipes for how leaders have to lead staff in an effective manner. These books have become bestsellers and they have inspired many leaders to face challenges regarding management of people. Famous management writers have thus a big influence on how individuals and leadership are perceived in society, as well as a big influence to reinforce a certain vision of how human behavior should be designed in order for that entrepreneurial goals will be achieved. The study's aim is to increase understanding about the power dimensions in popular management literature. Three best-selling management books from the turn of the century were analyzed using a Foucault-inspired discourse analysis, focusing on management mentality, discipline and view of human beings. The analysis shows how the selected books implies a management mentality  that is characterized by internal monitoring and evaluation, as well as a disciplinary dimension that crystallizes in the definitions of what norm and deviation are in today's organization.

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2011. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Foucault-inspired discourse analysis, Critical Management Studies, popular management literature, disciplinary power, management mentality, view of human beings
Keyword [sv]
Foucaultinspirerad diskursanalys, Critical Management Studies, populär managementlitteratur, disciplinär makt, styrningsmentalitet, människosyn
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-14102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-14102DiVA: diva2:486491
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2011-11-09, Lokal: R2-043, Mälardalens Högskolan, Högskoleplan 1, 721 26 Västerås, Västerås, 17:35 (Swedish)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-02-22 Created: 2012-01-30 Last updated: 2012-02-22Bibliographically approved

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