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  • The extent to which members of institutions and organizations expect and accept that authority is distributed unequally and located in individuals and places at some remove from them. Power distance also describes the extent to which employees accept that superiors have more power, income, and/or influence than they actually have and that the decisions and opinions of their superiors are, by and large, the right ones.

    The power distance in modest-sized organizations is small, where subordinates work closely with their superiors, the salary range is narrow between the top and bottom levels, and subordinates are consulted for organizational decisions. In larger organizations, members may feel that the power distance is much greater, where contact with superiors is limited, the salary range between the top and bottom ...

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