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Political Arenas and Agents

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1. Why are organizations such active political arenas?
2. Give an example of when an experience or observation from working with a virtual team. What benefits do you observe? What adaptations do you have to make in the teams processes?

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Organizations are active political arenas for various reasons. Identifying appropriate problems in an organization for leaders means recognizing changes due to internal or external factors (Mangi, Ghumro, & Adidi, 2011). External changes can be economic, social, and political. The internal factors can be behavioral, operational, and cultural. Either external or internal factors can be reactive or proactive. Reactive changes occur as a result of new problems or opportunities and proactive changes occur are planned in anticipation of a possible problem or opportunity (Mangi, Ghumro, & Adidi, 2011). It is critical for leaders to manage crisis, and failure can lead to consequences including compromising shareholders interests, financial losses, and the good reputation of an organization (Mangi, Ghumro, & Adidi, 2011). The process of crisis management for leaders includes the following problem solving techniques: 1) making sense of a situation is an appropriate assessment in decision making; 2) decision making requires coming to a decision and following through with the decision; 3) the meaning of crisis management is referred to as political communication; 4) eliminating a crisis is only probable when the leader publicly handles the liability question; and 5) learning from a ...

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The political arena doesn't stay within the confounds of U.S. politics. Organization play a political role as well. The old saying "politics as usual" is a figure of speak that explains decision making challenges every leader must make. In addition, virtual teams play a role in developing an organization's ability to expand, and in-turn adapting to new environments.

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