“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 4: Men Behaving Badly
Men Behaving Badly
- To argue for the inevitability and value of a Machiavellian political perspective.
- To introduce thuggery and pragmatism as alternative political strategies, underpinned by different ethical perspectives.
- To explore ‘Theory M’ as a perspective on human nature.
- To provide a deeper understanding of how the ‘rules of the turf game’ are constructed, dealing with the stigma of ‘dirty hands’, and playing on a field that is not level.
You Have to Play the Game
As we noted earlier (in Chapter 1), you are being insulted if someone describes you as Machiavellian. ...