In most management books, middle management is treated as a right of passage to the CEO position. Today's managers are educated, trained, and inspired from the CEO's perspective. The career and art of middle management is lost in the pursuit of one's ambition for the top spot. The Lost Grail of Middle Management explores the history and future of middle managers and offers a fresh approach to becoming and enjoying middle management as a career.
William A. Faunce is Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University.
Chapter 1 Self-Investment: Introduction; Some Related Concepts Chapter 2 The Social Self: Self-Concept: Self and Self-Awareness; The Need for Self-Esteem: The Conventional View; The Meaning of Self-Esteem Need; Self-Investment and the Need for Self-Esteem Chapter 3 The Meaning of Status: Introduction: Definitions; Occupational Status Differentiation Chapter 4 Status Assignment Systems: Introduction; Salience of Occupational Status: Clarity of System Boundaries; Consensus in Status Assignment Systems; Heterogeneity in Status Assignment Systems; Shape of Status Hierarchies; Opportunity for Mobility; Chapter 5 Selective Self-Investment: Responses to Negative Evaluation or Comparison; Dimensions of Response to Evaluation; A Model of the Self-Investment Process: Status Arrangements and Self-Investment; Structural Support for Low Self-Investment Chapter 6 Occupational Self-Investment; Career Stages: Prior to Labor Force Entry; Early Career Experience; Later Career Stages Chapter 7 Appendix: Summary of Theory Chapter 8 Bibliography Chapter 9 Index