Abstract : This thesis explores the making of managers, as a social experience. The method of investigation
carries on 39 managers’ life and training stories and an online survey with 563 managers and encompasses macro, meso and micro perspectives (A).
This making is situated in the managerialization context which affects the averall society. With theses mark changes, the « manager stereotype » tends to idealize itself and make concurrences
« French cadre stereotype ». Ways of making managers are examinated with the regard of education, career path, organisational learning, and vocational training. This ways lack to
explain human skills development required by a managerial function. Essentially this is by informal training that managers develop self
directed learning competencies and learn their job (B).
The processes noted in the thesis are relevant of
socio-anthropological, status and ritual, relational, social, bio-historical, axiological, socio-cognitive, identity and emotional making (C).
The thesis establishes the idea of a manager emerging
from maturation processes rather than an
inborn manager, exclusively endowed with singular ability. The main contribution is the outstanding of ties between relation to knowledge and
identities for various manager paths like initial education, vocational training, apprenticeship or validation of acquired vocational skills (D).