Power and Politics in Organizations

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Essay #: 053730
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Power and Politics In Organizations
In comparing and contrasting power and politics in organizations, it is evident that both of these factors play an important role in determining the success or failure of an organization. Power and politics can be used productively in order to improve the performance of an organization, but they can also be abused and have a negative impact upon an organization. Ultimately, leadership is the most important factor in determining whether power and politics are used effectively and productively within an organization, or whether they are abused and have a negative impact upon performance, unity, and loyalty in an organization.
According to Hargrove and Glidewell (1990) power differs from politics in that it...
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.....ics often involves covert interaction between certain individuals or groups pursuing a goal or outcome contrary to the goal or outcome being sought by rivals or by others in positions of authority. In most cases, the proper application of power through traditional hierarchal structures is far more positive and productive than engaging in internal politics in order to pursue a desired goal or outcome.
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Briody, Dan. (2005). The Halliburton Agenda: The Politics of Oil and Money. New York: Wiley.
Hargrove, Erwin, and Glidewell, John. (1990). Impossible Jobs in Public Management. University Press of Kansas.
Vecchio, R.P. (1987). “Situational Leadership Theory: An Examination of a Prescriptive Theory.” Journal of Applied Psychology. 72(3).