The Politics of Management and Decision Making

10 Units

This course considers the political nature of management and decision making by examining the relationships among managers and between management and non-management employees. Concepts include personal and group power relationships, empowerment, dependency, mobilisation of bias, manipulation and ethics.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss and debate the nature of authority and the bases upon which it is accepted within organisations
  2. Explain the various theories concerning political behaviour within organisations
  3. To identify the types and sources of power available to the players
  4. To relate power and political activity in organisations to the processes of decision-making and control
  5. To explain the relationship between power and structure in organisations

Topics 1. Introduction - why study power in organisations 2. Stucture and power 3. Types and sources of power 4. Top down versus bottom up power in organisations 5. Strategic contingency theory 6. Power and middle managers in organisations 7. The decision process 8. Arena model of power 9. Power and innovation 10. Power and decision-making process 11. Intimidation rituals and hidden power 12. Control and ideology 13. External organisational relationships

Assumed Knowledge GSBS6020
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Open Book -
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 1500-2500words
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Journal -
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises -
  • Presentations - Group -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for GSBS6090
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