Organizational Power Politics / Edition 2

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In 1993, when it named the first edition of Organizational Power Politics: Tactics in Organizational Leadership an Outstanding Academic Book, Choice said, "It contributes to the analysis and discussion of an issue that has, as yet, not received adequate attention." Now this acclaimed book returns in a fully updated new edition that gives readers proven strategies for using power to achieve personal and group objectives in all kinds of contexts—work, social, religious, military, and more.

Based on extensive research, Organizational Power Politics looks at important underlying theories about the use of interpersonal power, as well as examples of successful operational approaches in the workplace and elsewhere. At its heart are 22 specific power tactics applicable to a wide range of organizations and situations, complete with activities, self-evaluations, and discussion questions that will help anyone sharpen their power skills. This edition features two new chapters: one that looks at multinational organizations and one focusing on the middle layers of large-scale organizations.

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"Not all uses of office politics are ethically out of bounds; in fact, the smart use of interpersonal power in group situations is a key to success for the individual and the organization. In this guide to understanding and using personal power in organizational settings, Fairholm (professor emeritus, leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University) outlines 22 power tactics that leaders can use in work, social, recreational, religious, military, and other organizations. This second edition offers more details on applying the 22 tactics, an updated analysis of the theory behind the tactics, and new chapters on the use of power in multinational work groups and the use of power by middle managers. The tactics comes with activities, self-evaluations, and discussion questions. Visual learners are aided by 20 summary tables, and two diagrams of the power-use process." - Reference & Research Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313379765
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,188,620
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The History and Theory of Power

Pt. I Defining Power in Work Group Operations 1

Ch. 1 Elements of a Definition 3

Ch. 2 Defining the Forms of Power 11

Ch. 3 Bases of Power 23

Ch. 4 Using Power Politics in Organizational Life 31

Part I: Issues and Activities 41

Pt. II Power Use: Tactical and Strategic Models 47

Ch. 5 A Power Use Model 49

Ch. 6 Power Use Tactics: Application of Power on the Job 57

Ch. 7 Using Power in the Organization 65

Part II: Issues and Activities 77

Pt. III Power Interventions That Work 83

Ch. 8 Tactics Used with Superiors 85

Ch. 9 Power Tactics Used with Peers 101

Ch. 10 Tactics Used with Subordinates 117

Ch. 11 Comparing Tactics 133

Ch. 12 How Inner Leaders Get Willing Compliance 155

Ch. 13 Using Power in Multinational Groups 171

Part III Issues and Activities 181

Appendix 189

Bibliography 191

Index 199

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