[14]Managing as a Performing Art

Iain L. Mangham

Centre for Executive Development, University of Bath, England

SUMMARY This paper considers the activities of senior managers as isomorphic with the activities of actors. It takes performing as not a matter of metaphor, but a matter of form; life at the top of an organization is intrinsically theatrical; each of us is blessed or cursed with histrionic sensibility. Proceeding by way of a comparison of Edmund Kean and Lee Iacocca It touches upon matters of text and interpretation, rehearsal and performance and the importance of individuation. The argument – such as it is – Is that both Kean and Iacocca perform themselves, former’s Richard HI, the latter’s Chrysler being the fallest realizations of ...

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