Article on New Work published in the European Management Journal (EMJ)

Dealing with the downsides of new work: The reactions of middle managers to the decline in middle management

Elsevier writes on the homepage of the European Management Journal: "The European Management Journal (EMJ) is a flagship scholarly journal, publishing internationally leading research across all areas of management. EMJ articles challenge the status quo through critically informed empirical and theoretical investigations, and present the latest thinking and innovative research on major management topics, while still being accessible and interesting to non-specialists."

These articles now include the paper authored by Marcel Maurer, Norbert Bach and Simon Oertel titled "Dealing with the downsides of new work: the reactions of middle managers to the decline in middle management."

In their article, the authors examine how middle managers, who are directly affected by the introduction of new work, react. On the one hand, they are supposed to help implement the new organizational model, but paradoxically they make themselves unemployed in the process. In the Ilmenau study, the group of middle managers is for the first time not considered as a homogeneous group, but socio-demographic characteristics of those affected are included in the analysis and inter-individual differences are worked out.

From the perspective of the so-called Translation Theory, the authors identify five different reactions in their qualitative study. Inter-individual differences become particularly clear with regard to the so-called social position. Only those with a strong social position can afford to openly confront the ordered change.

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