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Power and Politics in Organizations

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1. Looking for ideas on how to compare and contrast power and politics in organizations - comparing and contrasting the different types of power (personal and positional) with politics and political behavior in organizations. Are there any real-world examples that can be used to show how politics impacts power in organizations.

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Please see response attached for the enture response and for best formatting, as well as one supporting article. I hope this helps and take care.

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Lets' bounce around a few ideas. Unfortuantely, evan following an extensive on-line search, I wasn't able to locate a real-life example, but the article attached provides fictional examples, which aids understanding immensely.

1. Compare and contrast power and politics in organizations: Looking for ideas on how to compare and contrast the different types of power (personal and positional) with political behavior in organizations. Are there any real-world examples that can be used to show how politics impacts power?

I located an excellent article discussing the realtionship of politics and power (attached for convneience) and from I gleaned the following points for consideration. Political behavior is referred to as either positonal power or personal power. In other words, organizational politics is about using politcal behavior, which is using power either at the positonal level (e.g., increasing flexibility of one's job, increasing the visibility of one's job performance, increasing centrality in ...

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This solution compares and contrasts power and politics in organizations including the different types of power (personal and positional) with political behavior in organizations. Work examples are used to illustrate how politics impacts power in organizations.

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