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Management as Performance and Theatrical Events

Опубликовано на портале: 10-01-2003
This paper concerns a certain way of approaching and analysing the practice of management in terms of performance and theatrical events. It discusses a theatrical mode of communication, and aims at exploring the dividing line between public/private within managerial practices and procedures. A manager presents him or her self in public. Here some concepts and insights are brought from the discipline of theatre studies, and analogously, management is regarded as performative acts and as managerial styles are becoming expressed through series of actions. The aim of the paper is first and foremost to discuss a methodological framework for applying theatre studies to management research (for example, costume design, lighting effects, dramaturgy of events), and to discuss some illustrating examples.

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