Heroes or villains? Recasting middle management roles, processes, and behaviours

Murat Tarakci, Mariano L. M. Heyden, Linda Rouleau, Anneloes Raes, Steven W. Floyd

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Middle management ranks are once again being questioned by scholars and practitioners alike. This introduction to the special issue represents a timely reference point for consolidating, reviving, and guiding the next wave of researchers seeking to engage this debate. We review the foundations and recent advances in middle management research and develop an organizing framework in terms of middle management's organizational roles, coordination processes, and agentic behaviours. We also identify how new ways of organizing, technology, and middle manager needs are changing to shape each of these themes. The collection of works we synthesize in this introduction offer theoretical advances and empirical evidence on how these changes affect middle management roles, processes, and behaviours. We conclude by mapping out promising research avenues for future research in middle management.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • behaviours
  • middle management
  • new forms of organizing
  • processes
  • roles

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