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Tim is the CEO of Doc.com, an information search Internet company. A manager comes in saying that he's been trying to get the information services manager to meet with him to a new product, but the IS manager keeps claiming he's too busy. Tim calls the IS manager and asks him to come to his office. The IS manager shows up, Tim tells him to meet with the other manager and do so now. The meeting happens. Tim's power to do this is an example of:

a. Rational persuasion.

b. Expert power

c. Charisma

d. Position power

Organizational Power:

Within organizations a hierarchy typically exists, whereby chief members of the organization have power over other members within the organization based on their position within the hierarchy. Often, CEO's, CFO's and COO's can exert power over their subordinates due to the power they posses within the organization.

Answer and Explanation:

Tim's power to do this is an example of:

a. Rational persuasion.

b. Expert power

c. Charisma

d. Position power

In Tim's capacity as CEO of Doc.com he holds a position of power within the organization. He used this position of power to enable to IS manager to meet with the manager. Often in organizations the CEO, COO and CFO have significant power over their subordinates, given their role within the organization and oversight of significant functions.

Tim did not use either rational persuasion or Charisma to persuade the IS manager to meet with the manager. Further, Tim is not an expert in the information services field and did not use expert knowledge in order to ask the IS manager to meet with the manager.


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