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Does situation offer new or different opportunities for some to pursue interests? (In essence, does a new situation change the status quo in such a way that new opportunities arise?. Garbage can theory (explained in class) events change co-mingling of: Problems Solutions People

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applications of political metaphor in diagnosing situations
Does situation offer new or different opportunities for some to pursue interests? (In essence, does a new situation change the status quo in such a way that new opportunities arise?

Garbage can theory (explained in class) events change co-mingling of:

Problems

Solutions

People

opportunities

Applications of political metaphor in diagnosing situations

Can you offer specific examples of situations that

give rise to opportunistic pursuits of interest?

patterns of conflict coalition alignments and triggering events
Patterns of conflict, coalition alignments, and “triggering” events
  • At any given time, what fissures of conflict (or discernable factions) are observable in the organization?
  • What explains the current alignment of coalitions (that is, temporary “unholy alliances?”) Have past events triggered realignments?
  • To what extent is organization leadership capable of dealing with conflict? How?
  • Identify some specific situations that give rise to conflict and/or the realignment of coalitions.
power sources in public organizations
Power sources in public organizations

In general terms, Exhibit 6.2 (p. 167) generically lists sources of power found in organizations (either for management or others):

  • Identify some that are most typically found and used in public organizations.
  • Identify others that appear least relevant or available in public organizations
  • Focus specifically on no. 11: symbolism and the management of meaning
    • How is meaning managed? Specific examples for your org?
    • What is mean by the use of evocative imagery? Examples?
what do you think
What do you think?
  • Historian Lord Acton once said, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
  • Is this true in the context of leadership power in public organizations? On what do you base your view?
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