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One size doesn’t fit all in management: Being effective at different hierarchical levels

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


Significant differences were observed in the effectiveness of managers using task, relations and change capabilities. At top management, change-oriented capabilities become two to three times more important than at the lowest level. Task-oriented capabilities become significantly less important at the top level. Relations-oriented capabilities are important at all levels.

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The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2017), "One size doesn’t fit all in management: Being effective at different hierarchical levels", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 22-24.



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