BA310-3-4%20Politics%20and%20Power%20Class

BA310-3-4%20Politics%20and%20Power%20Class - BA...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–6. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1 BA 310:Politics and Power
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
2 Roadmap Why are organizational politics important? Why are organizations political? Are organizational politics always bad? What are sources of power? How can I take political action with integrity? How can I gain power and exert influence? How should I work with my boss?
Image of page 2
3 The dangers of believing merit and effort will win out: “There is nothing more demoralizing than feeling you have a creative idea or a unique insight into a significant problem and then [coming] face-to-face with your organizational impotence. This face of power is seen by many …. They are energetic, optimistic, …. They are supremely confident that their “awesome” ability, state-of-the art training, and indefatigable energy will rocket them up the corporate ladder. However, many soon become discouraged or embittered. They blame the “old guard” for protecting their turf and not being open to new ideas. Their feelings of frustration prompt many to look for greener pastures of opportunity in other companies – only to be confronted anew with rejection and failure … These individuals learn quickly that only the naive believe that the best recommendation gets selected, the most capable individual gets the promotion, and the deserving unit gets its fair share of the budget . These are political decisions heavily influenced by the interests of the powerful .” Slides on power and politics adapted from “Power Dynamics in Organizations,” Linda Hill, Harvard Business School note 9-494-083. Quote from D.A. Whetten and K.S. Cameron, Developing Management Skills: Gaining Power and Influence, (New York: HarperCollins College Publishers, 1993), pp. 26-27
Image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
4 Organizational Politics and Conflict Organizational Politics: Activities organizational actors use to: Use their power to achieve their goals Overcome resistance or opposition. Increase their power Can be functional or dysfunctional Political strategies Specific tactics used to increase power and use it effectively, to gain the support of other people while overcoming resistance Political Conflict: Discord that arises when goals, interests or values of different individuals or groups are incompatible and they block or thwart each other’s efforts to achieve their objectives.
Image of page 4
5 How does political conflict arise? Some basic realities of organizational life: Scarce resources: You can’t fund it all Complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity: Can’t know what’s best Interdependence: Key players depend on others Power gap: Formal authority isn’t enough, influence is crucial Differences in goals, perspectives, values, interests Implications: Often, no consensually accepted OR “optimal” decision is possible across individuals, groups, or functions.
Image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 6
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern