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    Organizational Structure and Culture's Impact Upon Power

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    Please help with the following question as it relates to managing conflict, power and politics in organizational theory and design:

    How can the design of the organization's structure and culture give some subunits more power than others? Explain.

    Thank you.

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    An organization's structure can have a profound effect upon how subunits are granted power. Consider an organization with several tiers of reporting units. For example, the design unit reports to the engineering unit who reports to the finance unit who reports to the top brass. This organizational structure will result in slow moving decision making and will hurt empowerment and give more power to the finance department (for example) than the design department. Because decisions travel upward through the hierarchy, it would be relatively ...

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    The solution describes how organizational structure and culture can impact power distribution within a firm.