Power, Politics, and Organizational Change
Winning the Turf Game
AUTHOR: Buchanan, David A. and Badham, Richard J.
PUBLISHER: SAGE Publications, Limited
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Power, Politics, and Organizational Change offers a theoretical and practical guide to the politics of change - an aspect of organizational life that plays a more significant role than is commonly admitted. The focus lies with the internal change agent, rather than with external consultants, as change is now a key element in the roles of most managers, who typically combine change responsibilities with their regular day job. A fresh perspective is developed, emphasizing the context in which the change agent operates, explicit and tacit warrants for particular actions, skills in accounting for one's political behaviour, and the reputation of the change agent.
David Buchanan and Richard Badham argue that the change agent who is not politically skilled will fail. This implies that it is necessary to be able and willing to intervene in the political processes of the organization, to push particular agendas, to influence decisions and decision makers, to deal with criticism and challenge, to cope with resistance, to maintain one's reputation.
Some managers regard political calculations and activities as distasteful. Some textbooks advise the change agent to avoid involvement in the turf game.This book argues that such avoidance tactics are both naive and unprofessional.
PUBLICATION DATE: 9/20/1999
CATEGORY: Business & Economics, Social Science