Management styles during an emergency – the Pandemic Case


The inspiration for writing this article is on the one hand, the critical event caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that is being shared by all people around the world and that affects us all universally. On the other hand, it is my academic experience, shared by my colleagues – academic teachers. Therefore, the research I conducted meets all the conditions of critical engaged research: it stems from my own biographical experiences, it is an important opinion on the issue, it is rooted in the current, critical social event and it is aimed at unmasking, revealing real social practices and behaviors. Described below are the styles of managing institutions of higher education (of different kinds – vocational, academic, etc.) in a critical event related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Which management styles are being updated in a critical situation, which are selected and preferred by management, and what are the consequences? These are the questions I will try to answer. In accordance with aforementioned declarations, I will do it based on interviews with the authorities of several Polish institutions of higher education, as well as on the basis of autoethnography.


management styles; critical event; anxiety; trust; control; participation; covid-19; coronavirus; autoethnography; higher education institution

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Published : 2021-09-23

Nowak-Dziemianowicz, M. (2021). Management styles during an emergency – the Pandemic Case. Resocjalizacja Polska, (21), 175-190.

Mirosława Nowak-Dziemianowicz
Akademia WSB, Dąbrowa Górnicza, WSB University in Dabrowa Gornicza  Poland

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