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Define and explain the term authority, and discuss the bases of authority. How does authority differ from power? Explain how people or departments within organizations can gain power through control of resources and through solving key organizational problems.

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary authority is defined as power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior. Broadly the basis of authority is given to the individual(s) placed in high ranking positions. From a business context, the individual(s) who have authority are members of management, the board of managers, board of trustees, et cetera.

Authority and power are not always given to members of management. Authority can be granted to a senior staff member who serves as a lead. This ...

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