CMN 2148: Lecture #7 11/08/2012
Organizations as Political Systems:
Object of the Lecture: Binder, clash between the profs and employers.
Let’s begin at the macro level for our discussion of power and politics in organizations.
We’ll watch the first two chaptersThe Corporation .
In these clips, we’ll see how the corporation has emerged as today's most dominant institution.
As it says on The Corporation’s webpage: “Corporations are required by law to elevate their own interests
above those of others, making them prone to prey upon and exploit others without regard for legal rules or
The corporation is todays dominant institution.
Assumes that organizations are made up of the rulers and the ruled.
Organizations are intrinsically political ways must be found to create order among people with potentially
diverse and conflicting interests.
Ex: Many scenes from The Office show the political aspect of organizations.
One way we can understand organizations as political systems is to examine the
1. Interests: Complex set of predispositions:
Watch as The Corporation shows how marketing has transformed itself into a force that extends into all
areas of our lives and makes us WANT!! (Basic Training).
orientations and inclinations
These lead us to act in one way rather than another.
We want to protect, promote and enlarge our interests.
Peoples interests influence their work:
Whether in terms of:
1. Task Interests (the work itse