Organizational Behavior ISLT-644 Instructor: Erlan Bakiev, Ph.D. Chapter 12 Power and Politics. Essentials of Organizational Behavior , 11/e Stephen P. Robbins & Timothy A. Judge. After studying this chapter, you should be able to:. Define power and contrast leadership and power.
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Instructor: Erlan Bakiev, Ph.D.
Power and Politics
Organizational Behavior, 11/e
Stephen P. Robbins & Timothy A. Judge
The capacity that A has to influence the behavior of B so that B acts in accordance with A’s wishes
Due organizational position:
Stems from an individual’s unique characteristics:
Rational persuasion Coalitions
Politicsoccur when employees convert power into action
Activities not required as part of one’s formal role in the organization, but that influence, or attempt to influence, the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within the organization (Farrell and Peteren, 1982; Drory and Rom, 1990; Croponzano et al., 1995)
It is a major part of organizational life (Buchanan, 2008)
Politics arise in organizations because of:
Politicking: twisting facts to support one’s own goals and interests
For those unwilling to play, or with modest political skills, the outcomes are negative
Questions to consider:
Perception of Politics:
Preference for Power Tactics:
Effectiveness of Power Tactics:
Power can be increased by: