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POLITICALCase Study 5: Political AnalysisTennille LoveSchool of Education, Liberty UniversityEDUC 745: Organizational Analysis and Problem SolvingDr. Cori Van BurenNovember 29, 2020Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Tennille Love,School of Education, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 24515, United States.Email: [email protected]
POLITICAL2A myriad of organizations operate with a hierarchy of positions that help to structure the level ofpower and authority in the organization.This hierarchy helps to establish a set of guidelines thatserves to create and maintain order among the members (Morgan, 2006).The order helps todefine how decisions are made and who makes those decisions, hence creating a structure ofpower for specific leaders in the organization.“Power influences who gets what, when, andhow” (Morgan, 2006, p. 166).This paper will use the political theory lens to analyze the powerstructures that exist within the Fast Forward Re-engagement Center (FFRC) at SinclairCommunity College and how those structures directly affect the organization overall.Organizational PowerAnalyzing power within an organization necessitates an understanding of the essentialprinciples of power.Power involves the “ability to get another person to do something that he orshe would not otherwise have done” (Morgan, 2006, p. 166).The five main sources of powerare: reward, coercive, legitimate, expert, and referent.There exists a hierarchy of power atFFRC at Sinclair Community College where there are four levels.Power begins with themanager of the center.The manager oversees the daily operations of the center and makes thedecisions that will affect all employees of the center.The manager is a tenured employee witheight years of experience in the position and naturally uses legitimate, reward, expert, andcoercive power as her main sources of power.Reward power is the ability to dispense desirablerewards to people, while coercive power is the ability to punish or reprimand people (Norbom &Lopez, 2016).The manager provides limited incentives for employees who have worked aboveand beyond their job description to meet the needs of students/clients, especially when the task isdeadline-driven.

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