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  • 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

Political Expertise: Why You Need it, and How to Develop it
Political expertise: Why you need it, and how to develop it
Chapter Objectives
  • To consider the argument that political skills will become increasingly significant for management in general and change agents in particular.
  • To identify the factors that trigger organization politics.
  • To explore Michel Foucault's perspective on power and politics.
  • To examine the nature of political expertise in the context of change agency, and how such expertise can be developed.
Has the Ground Moved?

In this chapter, we first consider why organization politics are significant for the change agent, given current organizational trends, and the factors that trigger political behaviour. Reinforcing this argument, we explore Foucault's perspective on the pervasive nature of power. Finally, we explore ...

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