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Managing With Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations by Jeffrey Pfeffer

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Decisions and Implementation

At 5:01 P.M. on October 17, 1989, a large earthquake struck northern California. The earthquake destroyed or severely damaged several sections of freeway and a number of freeway off-ramps, as well as a portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The vivid pictures of the damaged section of the bridge and the collapsed freeway section in the East Bay, which accounted for most of the fatalities, were flashed around the world. Most people recall that repairs to the bridge began immediately, and since the work was literally done around the clock, the bridge was reopened about six weeks later. What most people do not realize, even many living in the San Francisco area, is that some 18 months later, the opening of the San ...

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