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Control and isolation in the management of empowerment

David Collins (Senior Lecturer in HRM at Sunderland Business School, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK)

Empowerment in Organizations

ISSN: 0968-4891

Article publication date: 1 June 1996

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Abstract

Attempts to reanalyze the concept of empowerment as it relates to management. Tracing the origins and nature of management, outlines a case for viewing empowerment as part of a larger system of management control innovations, or cocktails of control. Does not seek to debunk or dismiss empowerment as simply founded on control, and so unworthy of serious analysis. Instead, using the concept of governance, attempts to analyze how managers use the rhetoric of empowerment to secure control. From here analyzes the limits to managerial control, founded on empowerment. Offers observations and conclusions for future research on empowerment.

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Collins, D. (1996), "Control and isolation in the management of empowerment", Empowerment in Organizations, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 29-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/09684899610118064

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