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Lecture 18

ADMS 2200 Lecture 18: ADMS 2200 Lecture 18 Notes


Department
Administrative Studies
Course Code
ADMS 2200
Professor
Alexander Rusetski
Lecture
18

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ADMS 2200 Lecture 18 Notes Larger Organization
Introduction
Within larger organizations, the information technology (IT) group often has
considerable power, because everyone, right up to the CEO, is dependent on this group
to keep computers and networks running.
Since few people have the technical expertise to do so, IT personnel end up being
viewed as irreplaceable.
This gives them a lot of power within the organization.
Power makes people uncomfortable.
People who have power deny it, people who want it try not to look like they are seeking
it, and those who are good at getting it are secretive about how they do so.
Coetig o a reet stud, oe researher oted, A perso’s sese of poer is a
etreel perasie feelig i eerda life.
Part of the discomfort about power may have to do with how people perceive those in
power.
A 2011 study found that people who behave rudelyputting their feet up on a chair,
ordering a meal brusquelywere believed by those watching this behaviour to be more
likel to get to ake deisios ad ale to get people to liste to hat [the] sa
than people who behave politely.
The researhers oluded that or iolators are pereied as haig the apait to
at as the please.
As a result, they seem more powerful.
Another study found that people who have power judged others much more negatively
for speeding, dodging taxes, and keeping a stolen bike than if they engaged in this
behaviour themselves.
The study also found that those who had legitimate power were even more likely to
indulge in moral hypocrisy than those who did not feel personally entitled to their
power.
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