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Organizational Behaviour by Raisa Arvinen-Muondo, Stephen Perkins

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07

Conflict, power and politics

PHILIP DAVIES and ROD SMITH

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  Understand the key terms and nature of the contemporary debate about conflict, power and politics.

  Be able to analyse critically the key debates in existing literature.

  Identify the implications of politics, power and conflict for managers.

Introduction

The study of conflict, power and politics has engaged the interest of scholars and practitioners for centuries. The intention of this chapter is to show how a linked approach that uses the twin lenses of OB HRM can offer richer insights than a single track approach. Politics is, however, often difficult to discuss in organizations. It is often said by practitioners to be ‘the elephant in the room’ – a term ...

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