November 23, 2011

Political Strategies in Use for Acquiring and Using Power in Organizations

Definition of politics in organizations


Luthans proposes the following definition describing it as a comprehensive definition drawn from the literature.


"Organizational politics consists of intentional acts of influence undertaken by individuals or groups to enhance or protect their self-interest when conflicting courses of action are possible."


Strategies for acquiring and using power for political purposes

Maintain alliances with powerful people


Embrace or demolish


Exhibiting confidence


Divide and rule


Manipulate classified information


Accumulate and use IOUs


Attacking and blaming others


Progress one step at a time


Wait for a crisis


Take counsel with caution


Be aware of critical resources and controlling them


Building personal stature


Withdrawing from petty disputes


Creating a sponsor-protégé relationship

Using research data to support one’s point of view



Reference


Fred Luthans, Organizational Behavior

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