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Ch 5: Organizational Politics at Work

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Examine how politics affect the workplace, and how it influences the relationships between supervisors, employees and coworkers. Read on to gain some perspectives on the connection between politics and power and more.

Organizational Politics at Work - Chapter Summary

Politics, whether in government or business, is all about power. It's about who holds it, how they get it, how they use it, and often about how someone else might take it from them. This chapter focuses on what power is, how it can be derived and exercised for good or ill purposes, some of the strategies that are often used and a discussion of some symbols of power.

The lessons also shed light on the many forms that power takes, how it differs from leadership and authority, and discusses at least seven different ways to exercise power in the workplace. You will read about the following:

  • Playing by the rules: legitimate and illegitimate behavior
  • Power vs. leadership and more
  • Types of positional and personal power
  • Perspectives of Rosabeth Kanter and Michael Korda on power
  • How dependency can become a power source
  • Persuasion, legitimacy and other influence strategies
  • Tactics for acquiring, holding and exercising power

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9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Organizational Politics at Work
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Legitimate and Illegitimate Political Behavior in Organizations

1. Legitimate and Illegitimate Political Behavior in Organizations

Politics are present in just about every organization out there. The main issue is if those politics are legitimate or illegitimate and how they impact the work environment. We will look at this issue in this lesson.

Differences Between Power, Leadership, Authority & Influence

2. Differences Between Power, Leadership, Authority & Influence

When we look at power, we can associate it to many different aspects of the business world. We can look at authority, leadership, influence and power on their own. In this lesson, we will discuss these four aspects and show you the differences between them, yet how they can coexist.

Positional Power: Legitimate, Coercive & Reward Power

3. Positional Power: Legitimate, Coercive & Reward Power

Managers require different types of power to make things happen in their organizations. This lesson focuses on positional power. There are three types of positional power that will be explained in this lesson, including legitimate, reward and coercive power.

Personal Power: Referent and Expert Power

4. Personal Power: Referent and Expert Power

Managers require different types of power to make things happen in their organizations. This lesson focuses on the second type of power, known as personal power. There are two types of personal power that this lesson will explain, including expert and referent.

Kanter and Korda: The Symbols of Power

5. Kanter and Korda: The Symbols of Power

Power can be viewed by symbols. Some of those symbols can help individuals, while others can show just how much power one individual has over another. These two aspects, discussed by Kanter and Korda, will be reviewed in this lesson.

Dependency as a Source of Power

6. Dependency as a Source of Power

Power is relative to how dependent people are on the resource that a person in power possesses. If someone possesses a valuable resource, they will likely have more power than someone who does not. We will discuss this aspect in this lesson.

The Seven Influence Tactics Used in Organizational Behavior

7. The Seven Influence Tactics Used in Organizational Behavior

Power is not always used where we can see it. Sometimes, it is more a part of a person's actions than someone directly telling you to do something. In this lesson, we will address different power tactics and how they are sometimes used in the workplace.

Political Strategies for Gaining & Maintaining Power

8. Political Strategies for Gaining & Maintaining Power

Leaders in a company want to establish power and keep that power. This lesson describes some of the strategies that leaders can use to develop power, stay in power, and lead the company toward its goals.

Political Strategies for Exercising Power

9. Political Strategies for Exercising Power

Managers can use a variety of political strategies in order to exert power. This lesson discusses common political strategies managers use to discreetly exercise power.

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