Managerial control and identity regulation: a critical perspective

Author/s Pezzillo Iacono Pezzillo, Vincenza Esposito, Riccardo Mercurio
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/1 Language Italian
Pages 20 P. 7-26 File size 683 KB
DOI 10.3280/MACO2012-001002
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The paper focuses on the relationship between organizational control, diversity management, identity regulation and individuals’ subjectivities. Consistently with the Foucauldian post-structuralist approach, we particularly explore how the creation and management of diversities comprises a means for influencing the perception of individual and collective identities and regulating the employees organisational behaviours. In line with the particular features of post-Fordist organisational systems, management has changed the methods of implementing organisational control, institutionalising a concept of it that is less geared towards heteronomy and more focussed on self-regulation of behaviours. We further show how such managerial discourses tend to act on individual and collective self-positioning within groups instrumentally constructed, having an impact on organizational action in terms of control management.

Keywords: Power of control, organizational identity, diversity management, managerial discourses, decision-making, critical management studies.

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Pezzillo Iacono Pezzillo, Vincenza Esposito, Riccardo Mercurio, Controllo manageriale e regolazione dell’identità organizzativa: la prospettiva dei Critical Management Studies in "MANAGEMENT CONTROL" 1/2012, pp 7-26, DOI: 10.3280/MACO2012-001002