Dinosaurs or dynamos? Recognizing middle management's strategic role

Floyd, Steven W.; Wooldridge, Bill
November 1994
Academy of Management Executive;Nov94, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p47
Academic Journal
This article describes how certain middle management behavior is crucial to developing organizational capability. This is a learning process which calls on organizations to interpret the world, uncover new market opportunities, focus existing resources, and accumulate new resources. In our research, we identified a middle management role with each of these elements, and uncovered a strong relationship between the roles and organizational performance. Therefore, rethinking middle management's strategic role is a necessary part of the delayering process, the article closes by illustrating how to encourage strategic behavior in the reengineered organization.


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