Cultural Perceptions of Power in Organizations: Low and High Power Distance


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Which of the following roles is the BEST example of a position that comes with formal power?

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1. Joel works on night shift at Betty's Books with a crew of five other employees. He has been working there the longest and other employees often come and ask him what to do, despite the fact that they are all in the same position. What type of power does Joel have?

2. Cheryl has a Master of International Affairs degree. Because of this, the sales team always consults with her when preparing to negotiate deals with foreign companies. Cheryl has which type of power?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Solidify your knowledge of cultural perceptions of power in organizations by answering these multiple-choice questions. Topics covered by the quiz include the three types of power in organizations and different cultural perceptions of the power index.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet combo will challenge you with questions about the following:

  • Power based on a person's position in an organization
  • Power that is not based on organizational hierarchy
  • Power based on a person's advanced knowledge
  • The term for the understanding that power is distributed unevenly in a society
  • Examples of countries with a high power index

Skills Practiced

As you use these assessment tools, you'll be able to practice the skills listed below:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as power index
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on cultural perceptions of power in organizations
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of power and what they're based on

Additional Learning

Get more information about the dynamics of power in business by reviewing the corresponding lesson called Cultural Perceptions of Power in Organizations: Low and High Power Distance. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Geert Hofstede's research on power
  • Types of power and why the type matters
  • Cultural perspectives on power