Managers Managing

The Workings of an Administrative System


Managers face a complex and seemingly overwhelming set of decisions in their work lives. Investigating exactly what managers do on the job, this study presents a wealth of new evidence to analyze why managers act in the ways they do, what influences their focus of attention, and which issues and other actors in an organization they tend to find attractive and which they tend to avoid. In short, it describes how managers in the real world make decisions.
  • Oxford University Press; March 1989
  • ISBN: 9780195363975
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  • Title: Managers Managing
  • Author: Jane Hannaway
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press

In The Press

"While there are numerous popular books about managers and managing, few of them are thoughtful, analytic treatments of the managerial role in organizations. Hannaway's book provides an insightful and complex examination of one of the most diverse roles in formal organizations. Her discussion of this literature highlights the importance of social, contextual, and hierarchical factors influencing decision premises. This study should spawn further examinations of managers in other organizational settings,"--American Journal of Sociology
"The unique features of Hannaway's study are the inclusion in her research of almost all managerial personnel in a system, and her collection and analysis of subjective comments of managers. The author sheds light on such issues as why managers typically engage in reactive rather than proactive behaviors; individual risk minimization is considered a key determinant of behavior. Other useful issues examined are interactive behavior, information collection, routine and nonroutine work, and how changes in job growth and specialization alter how managers spend their time."--Choice