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Chapter 2: Functions of the mezzanine
Mega organizations are far too large and diverse to be managed by a few executives in the top management team. The research addressing the role of middle managers, however, lumps everyone who is not a direct supervisor and not a top manager into a single middle-level category. This chapter proposes that this category is far from homogenous and that there is a relatively small cadre of about 200 very senior executives that play a decisive, integrative role in mega organizations. The chapter continues by providing theoretical and empirical underpinnings of this “mezzanine” cohort and catalogues three specific integrative functions which they serve as a group: aggregation, coordination, and consolidation. In a closing discussion, the chapter considers the implications of the mezzanine for middle management strategy process research.
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