Enacting the common script: management ideas at Finnish universities of applied sciences
Vuori, Johanna (2015)
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Vuori J., (2015). Enacting the common script: management ideas at Finnish universities of applied sciences. , Sage Publications. doi:10.1177/1741143214523016
This paper discusses the work of mid-level management at Finnish universities of applied sciences. Based on in-depth interviews with 15 line managers, this study investigates how the standardised management ideas of rational management and employee empowerment affect the sensemaking processes of middle-managers at these institutions. The findings indicate that the work of middle managers is characterised by the consistent pursuit of rationality, strenuous efforts to provide individualised attention to every staff member and the promotion of cooperation. This study concludes that the global management script has firmly shaped the work of middle management at Finnish universities of applied sciences, as demonstrated by their commitment to strong managerial practices and distributive leadership.