“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
Chapter 3: Sit in Judgement
Sit in Judgement
- To consider the ethical issues raised by the use of organization political tactics.
- To illustrate the ethical and practical issues and dilemmas through examples.
- To develop a decision framework to guide the change agent's use of political tactics.
Do the Ends Justify the Meanness?
The means to any end are merely mechanisms for accomplishing something. The something can be grand, grotesque, or, for most of us, I suspect, somewhere in between. The end may not always justify the means, but neither should it automatically be used to discredit the means. Power and political processes in organizations can be used to accomplish great things. They are not always used in this fashion, but that does not mean we should reject them ...