• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

“Many books on management are sanitized, cleanly technical accounts of the unreality of managerial life and work. Politics hardly feature. This book tells it like it is; it dishes the dirt, gets low-down, into the funky and fascinating politics of organizational life.”

Stewart Clegg, Aston Business School and University of Technology, Sydney

Power, Politics, and Organizational Change: Winning the Turf Game, Second Edition combines a practical and theoretical guide to the politics of organizational change, and provides an exceptional resource to students of change management, and organizational behavior.

Buchanan and Badham show how the change agent who is not politically skilled will fail, and that it is necessary to be able and willing to intervene in the political processes of the organization.

This revised edition includes a range of excellent new material and features, including: A new chapter on gender in approaches to organization politics; A full range of teaching materials including case studies, incident reports, self-assessments, and more; Each chapter recommends a feature film (or DVD) to illustrate aspects of organization politics; Fresh research evidence; Recent literature on the nature of entrepreneurial politics; A model of political expertise, and how that can be developed

This lively and accessible book will inform and engage MBA and other graduate degree candidates taking courses in change management, and organizational behavior. It will also be valuable for practicing managers on tailored executive programs in organization politics.

David A. Buchanan, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Cranfield University School of Management

Richard J. Badham, Professor of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney

The Terminology Game: Defining Power and Politics
The terminology game: Defining power and politics
Chapter Objectives
  • To explain different ways of understanding power, conceptually, and in practice.
  • To explore different ways in which the concept and practice of organization politics has been understood and researched, and to argue for a contructivist–contextualist approach rather than a traditional positivist perspective.
  • For the change agent, to develop a practical approach to organization politics based on the development of personal reputation as a power base.
Natural and Desirable Politics

This chapter explores contrasting perspectives on power and politics. The study of these issues has attracted more controversy than consensus. With the concept of power, we will argue, there are greater returns from combining perspectives, than from attempting to legislate on which ...

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