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Gretchen Spreitzer

In: The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume I - Micro Approaches

Chapter 3: Taking Stock: A Review of More than Twenty Years of Research on Empowerment at Work1

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Taking Stock: A Review of More than Twenty Years of Research on Empowerment at Work1
Taking stock: A review of more than twenty years of research on empowerment at work

Today, more than 70 per cent of organizations have adopted some kind of empowerment initiative for at least part of their workforce (Lawler et al., 2001). To be successful in today's global business environment, companies need the knowledge, ideas, energy, and creativity of every employee, from front line workers to the top level managers in the executive suite. The best organizations accomplish this by empowering their employees to take initiative without prodding, to serve the collective interests of the company without being micro-managed, and to act like owners of the business (O'Toole and Lawler, 2006).

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