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

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Changing the Structure to Consolidate Power

In earlier chapters, we saw that structure can be a source of power. Your position in the organization can provide access to information, and this provides power. Your position in the hierarchy can provide formal authority. And the particular issues that fall within your jurisdiction in the division of labor can provide power if those issues are particularly critical for the organization.

Given the links between structure and power, it is not surprising that structural changes are often undertaken as one of the more important strategies for exercising power. Structure can be used to divide and conquer the opposition. It can be used to consolidate your own power, by placing your self or your allies ...

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