Managing with power : politics and influence in organizations /
Jeffrey Pfeffer.
Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, c1992.
viii, 391 p. ; 24 cm.
087584314X (alk. paper)
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Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, c1992.
087584314X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-377) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-07:
Pfeffer's long-standing academic interest in organizational politics and extensive experience in management development programs merge in this nicely crafted, insightful work. Its theme is straightforward: to get things done in an organization, power must be used. How to gain power, keep it, and wield it are examined. Numerous examples from business firms and government accompany the discussion. Power is important, Pfeffer notes, because scarcely any important decision can be based on objective analysis; the data are simply too vague or uncertain. Moreover, people have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Organizational change may diminish one's status, career prospects, very survival. Thus, to alter existing arrangements, technology, and strategies, the subtle and sometimes blatant exercise of power is required. There is no alternative, except to maintain a present course. Anyone interested in organizational behavior will find Pfeffer's book a valuable dissection of power in real-life organizations. University and professional collections.-C. Tausky, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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