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Does empowerment imply the loss of control in an organization? Why or why not?

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The solution presents an excellent definition of empowerment followed be a brief article with examples from a scholarly source. The response focuses on how empowerment is given.

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Following is an excellent definition of empowerment:

Management practice of sharing information, rewards and power with employees so they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance. It is based on the concept of giving employees the skills, resources, authority, opportunity and motivation, as well as holding them responsible and accountable for outcomes of their actions.

Some might say that this leads to a loss of control, but the truth is that employees can never grow, advance and be promoted to higher level positions if they are not given the opportunity to exercise some personal empowerment. My view is that control is moved down to the lowest possible level where it can be effectively handled and managed.

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