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Power, Politics, and Organizational Change: Winning the Turf Game 2ed

by David A Buchanan and Richard Badham SAGE Publications Ltd
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Most managers view organization politics as a routine part of their job, and as an important contributor to career success, as well as to personal and organizational performance. This eagerly anticipated Second Edition has been updated to reflect new research and current perspectives on this integral part of organizational life. Power, Politics, and Organizational Change focuses on the manager acting as internal change agent. The authors emphasize the context in which managers initiate change, how this is achieved, and how actions are accounted for.

New material includes a chapter on gender differences in approaches to organization politics, challenging the traditional stereotypes of 'men are bad but bold and women are wonderful but weak', and arguing that women also need to be skilled organization politicians.Comments from management interviews, and suggestions for analysing films and television programmes make ideas come alive for the reader. Self-assessments, organization diagnostics, case studies, and incident analyses at the end of each chapter ask readers to consider their own experiences of organization politics, and to consider their skills as a political entrepreneur.

When Necessity Commands / The Terminology Game: Defining Power and Politics / Sit in Judgment / Men Behaving Badly / Women Behaving Badly / The Entrepreneurial Hero / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly / Power-assisted Steering: Accounting and Winning / Political Expertise: Why You Need It and How To Develop It

David A Buchanan Cranfield University, UK
Richard Badham Graduate School of Managament, Macquarie University, Australia

David is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Cranfield University School of Management, and also works as an independent consultant and author, specializing in change management, organization politics, and work design. He has a Doctorate in Organizational Behaviour from Edinburgh University, was Director of Loughborough University Business School from 1992 to 1995, has held visiting posts in Australian and Canadian management schools, and has worked often in Australia. He was until 2005 academic adviser to two NHS Modernization Agency programmes, exploring factors affecting the spread and sustainability of new working practices in healthcare, and the development of innovative healthcare organization cultures, respectively. He is currently academic adviser to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement ‘Delivering Improvement’ project.