“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 8: Power Assisted Steering: Accounting and Winning
Power Assisted Steering: Accounting and Winning
- To consider practical advice for change agents faced with organization politics.
- To identify political approaches relevant to different stages of the change process.
- To discuss the role of ‘accounting’ in presenting and legitimating political behaviour.
- To develop a sustainable perspective on winning the turf game.
Recipes for Change
Advice on managing change tends to be straightforward, uncontentious, and consistent in what is advocated. In this chapter, we will first consider typical advice on implementation, and consider the limitations of this guidance in the context of a political perspective on change. We will then consider the implications for the role of change agents, particularly with regard to the use of political tactics to progress (and ...