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My name is Linda Rouleau.
I'm a professor at the management department of HEC Montréal
where I teach strategic management and organization theory.
In this talk, I will be exploring the middle manager
perspective in strategy-making,
a promising subset of strategy as practice research.
Before beginning the talk,
I would like to say that the literature
on middle managers has existed for many years.
In this literature,
there are two ways of looking at middle managers.
In one research stream,
scholars are interested in the identity problem of
middle managers related to their in-between position.
They are looking at what constitutes their work,
how they manage their careers and how
they see their future in the changing business world.
In the other research stream,
scholars are studying the roles middle managers play
in the formulation and implementation of strategic change.
More than passive transmitters of senior manager
instructions down the organization.
They are viewed in this literature as mediators
who facilitate organizational adaptation.
It is the second set of literature on middle managers
and strategic change that will be the focus of this seminar.
More specifically, the talk is organized around
the five following questions,
why does research on middle managers in strategy as practice matter?
Who are middle managers?
What do we know about middle managers' strategy work?
How do we research middle managers' strategy work?
What are the challenges and future avenues
of research on middle managers' strategy work?