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Acknowledgements 2

Abstract 3

Telling Stories 10

Management and CMS 14

Methodological Considerations 18

The Narrators 25

The Structure of the Thesis 32

Chapter Two: The Researcher 35

Chapter Three: The Managers’ Stories 48

The NHS Manager 48

The United Nations Security Manager 62

The Mental Health Charity Manager 75

The Engineer 89

The Information Systems Consultant 101

The Squadron Leader 113

The Human Resources Manager 122

The Insurance Account Manager 133

Chapter Four: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall; The Story of an Academic Identity Project 160

Introduction 160

The Story of Critical Management Studies 162

The CMS Project 167

Who do We think We are? 170

Who do We think They Are? 174

In the Hall of Mirrors 177

Chapter Five: The Cogito Proclaimed Forfeit 180

Humanist and Poststructuralist Models of Identity 182

The Self of Humanism 186

The Shattered Cogito 190

Death and Identity 196

Beyond the Limits 202

Chapter Six: Narrative Identity and the Existentialist Quest 204

Heidegger 207

Jean-Paul Sartre 213

Ricoeur 221

Narrative Identity and Identity Narratives 229

Chapter Seven: Reference and Performance; a Thematic Analysis of Managers’ Narratives 234

My Generation 241

Class, Family and Location 245

Education and Occupation 252

Expectations and Attitudes 255

Age and the Stages of Life 257

Once Upon a Time 262

The Researcher 264

The NHS Manager 267

The United Nations Security Manager 269

The Mental Health Charity Manager 272

The Engineer 274

The Information Systems Consultant 277

The Squadron Leader 281

The Human Resources Manager 284

The Insurance Account Manager 286

The Airport Security Training Manager 288

Performing Narrative 292

Narrative Linkage 292

Narrative Slippage 297

Narrative Options and Narrative Editing 300

Chapter Eight: Conclusions; Who Speaks, Who Listens and Where? 303

The Story So Far 303

Who is Speaking? 307

Who is Listening? 321

Just Institutions 325

Epilogue 328

Bibliography 329






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