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Title: Managerial careers and expertise in the retailing industry
Author: Clyde, Anne M.
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1993
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There is a common assumption in much management literature that a manager's past work experience influences the way in which he performs his current job. However there is not a great deal of empirical evidence to support this assumption. The objective of this thesis is to examine the relationship between the type of careers that managers experience and their perceptions of the skills needed to perform their jobs. Ninety-four managers were interviewed from five retailing organisations. The theory of organisational career logics developed by Gunz (1989) was used as a framework to examine the degree of novelty which each firm's modal career shape provides for its managers. In accordance with organisational career logic theory two organisational features, type of growth and structure, were found to influence the type of career that managers experience. It was found that firms in the same industry which vary in structure and growth patterns will offer their managers different degrees of novelty during, and at different stages throughout their careers. The managers were interviewed about their perceptions of what skills they needed to perform their current post. In three of the firms evidence was found to support the view that the amount of novelty a manager has experienced during his career influences the way in which he perceives his job. In addition, there was evidence from managers in two of the firms that the managers' future career expectations, the way in which their performance is measured and their observations of the career routes successful managers have followed in the past influences the skills they emphasise. In this way the dominant career culture within the firm reproduces itself, reinforcing the existing expertise in the organisation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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