Managers and Managerialism
This chapter is about two problems: What “is” a manager? and What “is” management (about)? Both questions have been answered primarily by prevailing orthodox management approaches, i.e. managerialism. Generally speaking, managerialism is primarily concerned with two things: the establishment of management as a superior set of methods to solve problems and the establishment of managers as superiors within social systems such as private or public sector organisations. It is about emphasising the primacy of management above all other rationales and activities and the primacy of managers above all other groups within the organisation. According to this view, managerial concepts and competencies are portrayed as superior to any other concepts and competencies.