Total Marks 5
Starting Date Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Closing Date Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Question Title Power
Course Code: MGMT622
Abraham joined a multinational organization a year ago as a staff professional. He believed it might be a way for him to achieve considerable visibility with the top management, but instead he felt isolated and forgotten. As a staff officer, he had almost no decision-making authority except in his narrow area of expertise. Most of what went on in the organization occurred without his involvement. Innovation and entrepreneurial activity were completely out of his domain. However, some of the line officers were given opportunities for professional development. But no one seemed to care about becoming more experienced and capable. They saw him only as a specialist because his job didn’t require that he work with others. He had little opportunity to develop relationships that might lead to contacts with someone near the top.
What hurt the most was that a consultant had been hired a few times to work on projects that were part of his area. If consultants could be brought in to do his work, he thought, he must not be very important to the organization. Abraham found himself being more and more conscious regarding his field as he didn’t want others intruding on his area of expertise. He tried to demonstrate his competence to others, but the more he did so, the more he became defined as a specialist, outside the mainstream of the organization. Overall, he felt he was losing ground in his career.
Point of discussion
A person can gain power through two approaches, one way is to gain power through source of “Personal Power” and the other is the source of “Position Power.” On the basis of above mentioned scenario which source of power Abraham should rely on for his survival in the organization who feels powerless.
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