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CMN 2148 Lecture #7- Organizations as Political Systems .docx

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Department
Communication
Course
CMN2148
Professor
Jenepher Lennox Terrion
Semester
Fall

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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  moral limits.”  The corporation is todays dominant institution.  Systems: Intrinsically political 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. Organizational Politics: One way we can understand organizations as political systems is to examine the  relationships between 1. Interests 2. Conflict 3. Power 1. Interests: Complex set of predispositions: goals values Desires 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). expectations 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
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