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Organizational Behaviour: How Politics Impacts Power

Text I'm using for this Class:

Schermerhorn, John R. Jr., Hunt, James G., Osborn, Richard N. (2005), Organizational Behavior, (Ninth Edition), John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
(Chapters 2,3 and 11)

I need herlp in creating the following:

Using the readings from the text prepare a 700 - 1,400 - word paper in which you compare and contrast power and politics in organizations. Give real-world example(s) of how politics impacts power.

Use APA formatting. Thank you for your help.

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OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Power and Politics

Politics, simply put, is the social phenomenon by which groups, communities and organizations make decisions. When we say politics, civil government, relations and leadership soon come to mind. This of course is true. Society is a massive open system, a group of people organized under a covenant - the constitution and the law. Politics however is observed in every group whatever their nature (primary, secondary & referential). In organizations, social relations that involve authority and power is political in nature usually regulated by an empowered individual or subgroup (the power elite) and the actions & tactics taken on by the organization and key members to create, influence and implement policy. When we study the science of politics, we delve into the machinations behind political behaviour, specifically the acquisition and application of Power. Political Power is held by a group of people in society or a set of individuals in organizations that allows them to administer & regulate resources like labour and wealth. while power and influence are related, they are separate concepts according to Political scientists I.C. Macmillan -

"Power is the capacity to restructure actual situations."
"Influence is the capacity to control and modify the ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a comprehensive essay that delves into power and politics within organizations. To do so the solution explains the concept of power and politics via definition and example from a sociological viewpoint. Then it provides an example of power and politics within an organization via a narrative based on observation and experience. APA-format. references provided. Word version attached for easy printing.