The Executive Role Constellation: An Analysis of Personality and Role Relations in Management

The Executive Role Constellation: An Analysis of Personality and Role Relations in Management

The Executive Role Constellation: An Analysis of Personality and Role Relations in Management

The Executive Role Constellation: An Analysis of Personality and Role Relations in Management

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The object of this study is to analyze and interpret observed executive behavior. In order to do this, we need a theoretical framework that highlights the meaning of observed behavior, both for the individual actor and for the members of his organizational audience. Chapter 2 attempts to establish such a framework. It presents an eclectic conceptual scheme that we consider basic to the understanding of all behavior in organizations. Chapter 3 will then deal more specifically with our particular topic of analysis: namely, the behavior of executives, the nature of executive roles, and the role relations that tend to get established in operating executive groups.

Chapter 2 consists of three sections. The first, "Personality Development and Socialization," outlines current theory that we consider useful in explicating the nature of personality and its development in all stages of life, from infancy through adulthood. The theory of post-adolescent personality has proved difficult to come to grips with, given the limits of currently established personality theory. One of the difficulties is a derivative of the nature-nurture controversy that has existed for some time in the psychology of social behavior and the sociology of personal development.

Current theories of personality development have dealt intriguingly with those stages of the individual's growth in which his stance in relation to his social environment is one . . .

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