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Commerce
Course
COMM 292
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All Professors
Semester
Winter

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Chp 8 Power and PoliticsBases of PowerPowerA capacity that A has to influence the behaviour of B so that B acts in accordance with As wishes o There is a potential for power is someone is dependent on another but it doesnt have to be imposedSix Bases of Power 1 Coercive PowerPower that is based on fear o Rests on the application or threat of physical sanctions o Most often used often condemned and difficult to control 2 Reward PowerPower that achieves compliance based on the ability to distribute rewards that others view as valuable 3 Legitimate PowerPower that a person receives as a result of his or her position in the formal hierarchy of an organization o Includes acceptance by members of an organization 4 Expert PowerInfluence based on special skills or knowledge o Relies on trust that all relevant information is given honestly and completely o Some individuals try to protect their power by withholding information 5 Referent PowerInfluence based on possession by an individual of desirable resources or personal traits o Develops out of admiration of another and a desire to be like that person 6 Information PowerPower that comes from access to and control over information Evaluating the Bases of Power People will response in one of three ways 1 Commitment Person is enthusiastic about request and takes initiative to carry it out 2 Compliance Person goes along with request grudgingly and puts in minimal effort 3 Resistance Person opposes request and avoids it by refusing stalling or arguing Coercive powerresistance decreased satisfaction and increased mistrust Reward powercompliance Legitimate powercompliance does not generally result in increased commitment does not inspire individuals to take initiative Expert and Referent powercommitment
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