In this tour de force, authors Stewart R. Clegg, David Courpasson, and Nelson Phillips provide a comprehensive account of power and organizations, unlocking power as the central relation of modern organizations and society. The authors present an excellent synthesis of organization, social and political theory to offer an overview of power and organizations that is historically informed, addresses current issues, and is comprehensive in scope.

Power to and Power Over

Power to and power over

Chapter Outline

In this chapter we will:

  • Distinguish between ‘power to’ and ‘power over’.
  • Examine the debate between conflict and consensus theorists in the light of the analysis of power; elaborate Parsons' conception of power as a positive circulatory medium; and critique some of its assumptions ...
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