Organizational Behavior and Theory
Power is the ability to
get things done. It is fundamental for taking action in organizations and in
society. Organizations are
political institutions, and effectively mobilizing resources to get things done
is essential if a manager is to be effective in their job.
In this course we want to
understand what power is, how it is acquired and how to use it to accomplish
personal and organizational goals. Managers and members of organizations have
different interests and resources. They are interdependent. When interdependent
organizational actors with different interests need to attain certain goals,
this can not be done without working with and through others. Consequently, we
need to find ways to influence others to act in ways which they might not
choose to do otherwise. This creates political pressures and processes
requiring political action, creating power dynamics in organizations.
In this course, we want to
explore organizational power and politics to help you to learn to more
effectively manage in an organization. We will examine several issues including:
What is power?
Who gets power and how do
they hold on to it?
How do you feel about
power? What is the role of personality?
What factors determine how
power is distributed in an organization?
processes in an organization
Developing influence in
The impact on us of power
Lecture: 100min/wk and Recitation: 50min/wk