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The Work of ManagersTowards a Practice Theory of Management$
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Stefan Tengblad

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.001.0001

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Leadership as muddling through: Site managers in the construction industry

Leadership as muddling through: Site managers in the construction industry

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(p.131) 7 Leadership as muddling through: Site managers in the construction industry
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The Work of Managers
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Alexander Styhre

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.003.0007

Site management is a key occupational category in the construction industry. Site managers have overall responsibility, both practical and administrative, for the activities at the construction site. This chapter uses Lindblom’s concept (1959) of ‘muddling through’, derived from studies of policymaking, to understand how site managers’ leadership evolves as they attend to new concerns and emerging challenges. Leadership, for site managers, means constant disruptions because of practical problems. Site managers generally think they lack the time and the opportunity to deal with strategic issues.

Keywords:   construction industry, muddling through, emerging challenges, site management, strategic issues

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