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Power, Politics, and Organizational Change

Power, Politics, and Organizational Change

Third Edition

June 2020 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Organization politics can be seen as a game in which players compete for different kinds of territory such as status, power, and influence.

In Power, Politics and Organizational Change, David Buchanan and Richard Badham ask: What’s the relevance of politics to change and innovation? What kind of game is this? What, if any, are the rules? How is the game played? What ethical issues arise? Should one play this game to win, and if so, how? How can you develop political expertise?

The third edition has been thoroughly updated and revised. This includes discussion of current trends heightening the importance of developing political will and skill in a post-truth era, the rise of ‘new power’, the role of ‘BS busting’, the power of storytelling, and the politics of speaking up.


Chapter 1: Power: what is it, and how do I get more?
Chapter 2: Political behaviour: power in action
Chapter 3: But is it ethical?
Chapter 4: Cutting the bullshit
Chapter 5: It is different for women
Chapter 6: Telling tales
Chapter 7: Speaking up
Chapter 8: Power assisted steering: accounting and winning
Chapter 9: Political expertise: why you need it and how to develop it

It is foolish to ignore or marginalize the role of power and politics in organizational change, yet many practitioners and academics do just that. 

Fortunately, this must-read book addresses these issues in a clear, concise and practical manner [..] This edition provides a timely update, building on the quality of the previous editions, especially in terms of its reinterpretation of Machiavelli’s work.  I would strongly recommend it to anyone involved in change, whether student, academic or practitioner.

Professor Bernard Burnes
Stirling Management School

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