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Power, Politics, and Organizational Change
Winning the Turf Game

Second Edition


© 2008 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Many books on management are sanitized, cleanly technical accounts of the unreality of managerial life and work.  Politics hardly feature.  This book tells it like it is; it dishes the dirt, gets low-down, into the funky and fascinating politics of organizational life."
—Stewart Clegg, Aston Business School and University of Technology, Sydney



Power, Politics, and Organizational Change: Winning the Turf Game, Second Edition combines a practical and theoretical guide to the politics of organizational change, and provides an exceptional resource to students of change management, and organizational behavior.

Buchanan and Badham show how the change agent who is not politically skilled will fail, and that it is necessary to be able and willing to intervene in the political processes of the organization.

This revised edition includes a range of excellent new material and features, including:

  • A new chapter on gender in approaches to organization politics
  • A full range of teaching materials including case studies, incident reports, self-assessments, and more
  • Each chapter recommends a feature film (or DVD) to illustrate aspects of organization politics
  • Fresh research evidence
  • Recent literature on the nature of entrepreneurial politics
  • A model of political expertise, and how that can be developed 

This lively and accessible book will inform and engage MBA and other graduate degree candidates taking courses in change management, and organizational behavior.  It will also be valuable for practicing managers on tailored executive programs in organization politics.


David A. Buchanan, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Cranfield University School of Management
Richard J. Badham, Professor of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney

 
When Necessity Commands
 
The Terminology Game
Defining Power and Politics  
 
Sit in Judgement
 
Men Behaving Badly
 
Women Behaving Badly
 
Entrepreneurial Heroes
 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
 
Power-assisted Steering
Accounting and Winning  
 
Political Expertise
Why You Need It, and How To Develop It  

This provides students with useful insights into the difficult-to-teach area of power and politics in business. It's useful for them to understand that although it may be an inconvenient truth, power and politics is not necessarily an autocratic device so to understand its context in organizational change is helpful.

Mrs Diane Garfield
Global workplace, Syracuse University London
June 24, 2016

Clear examples and information. Easy read for students to follow.

Professor Joslin Pickens
Humanities Division, Southern Univ At Shreveport
May 19, 2015

Emphasis on three main topics needed for our course, and narrative engagement is supportive of class discussions.

Professor Iris Johnson
Education, Louisiana State University Shreveport
April 14, 2015

Excellent book - will keep you posted on student feedback

Dr Allison Wylde
Department Business Studies, Regents University
November 26, 2014

Very easy read and gives some good structure and models for students to start academia - excellent sources cited.

Mrs Katy Roberts
Faculty of Business & law, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
December 4, 2013

An accessible but insightful book that is a must for all students of organisations and how they work in reality.

Mr Robin Miller
Health Services Management Centre, Birmingham University
October 18, 2013

Timely piece and great for injecting both humour and critical reflection into MBA courses on change. User-friendly yet not lacking in the theoretical grounding.

Dr Alexandra Bristow
School of Management, Surrey University
February 1, 2011

A refreshingly different approach.
This text is useful supplementary reading for the L3 managing change module in Business & Management;
to be considered for future Postgrad modules too, particularly those for experienced p/t students.

Mr Clive Kerridge
Gloucestershire Business School, Gloucestershire University
November 30, 2010

This was a very good book, quite different to the core texts on the module (e.g., Senior and Swailes, 2010) & (Gallos, 2006) as it gave the messiness of organisational change.

Dr David Biggs
School of Health & Social Sciences, Gloucestershire University
November 15, 2010

This revised edition includes a range of excellent new material and features, including:

- a new chapter on gender in approaches to organization politics

- a full range of teaching materials including case studies, incident reports, self-assessments, and more

- Each chapter recommends a feature film (or DVD) to illustrate aspects of organization politics

- fresh research evidence

- recent literature on the nature of entrepreneurial politics;

- a model of political expertise, and how that can be developed


Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF of Preface to the Second Edition

PDF of Chapter One


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