Organizations can also enable creative environments

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Organizations can also enable creative environments and decision making by rewarding creativity, open space environments, providing different creative training, and allowing failures as an option. Nelson, D. L. & Quick, J. C. (2017). ORGB5: Organizational behavior (5th Edition). Boston, MA: Cengage.
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What are some of the symbols of power found in many business organizations? There are many symbols and different sources of power found in organizations. Kanter’s symbols of power use characteristics to sum up what makes a powerful person within an organization as follows “(1). Ability to intercede for someone in trouble (2) Ability to get placements for favored employees (3) Exceeding budget limitations (4) Procuring above-average raises for employees (5) Getting items on the agenda at meetings (6) Access to early information and (7) having top managers seek out their opinion” (Nelson & Quick, 2017, p. 176). All of these symbols include helping employees or using power to influence others throughout the organization. These symbols are helpful to employees to find mentors and sponsors throughout the business to develop their career path. Other symbols can include more status-based power. Korda mentions a few things like “time power, stand by power, and office furniture power” (Nelson & Quick, 2017, p. 177). Time power is used all too often in corporate America, a lot of the baby boomer generation insists on people being at their desks and 9 and not leaving until 5, or so called ‘clock-watchers’. Millennial generation on the other hand wish for more flexible and alternative ways of working. Using time power as a symbol could often lead to employee turnover or unsatisfied workers. Another symbol of power is around stand by, meaning the more you can make people constantly answer text messages, emails, etc. at all times the more power you have. This is leading to a lot of unhappy employees and the concept of work-life balance, meaning when you go on vacation you shut off your work devices to enjoy the time you have with the people you love. Furniture simply conveys a message of power by placement, size, and ‘behind closed doors’. It may express power with having an office or locked file cabinets as importance. Overall power symbols must be used appropriately to keep employees happy and motivated along their career paths. Nelson, D. L. & Quick, J. C. (2017). ORGB5: Organizational behavior (5th Edition). Boston, MA: Cengage. Identify and briefly discuss the major sources of intergroup power within an organization? Intergroup power can exist when one group controls critical resources, or resources of high importance for another group to get their job done. When groups control strategic contingencies or “activities that other groups depend on in order to complete their tasks” (Nelson & Quick, 2017, p. 173) they tend to hold positions of power, especially when backed by leadership or executive members of the company. There are three factors that a group can have control over “(1) ability to cope with uncertainty (2) high degree of centrality and (3) nonsubstitutablity” (Nelson & Quick, 2017, p. 173).
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