Power, Politics and Organization Development: A Review

By Hari Sreekumar.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Organization development has been criticized in the past for not taking into account the complexities of organizational power and politics while designing and implementing development and change programs. This criticism was essentially valid in the past but is not relevant in the present-day context. Practitioners and researchers in organization development have taken divergent and often conflicting viewson how power and politics relate to the practice of OD programs. This paper elucidatesthe significant research that has been done in this area, presents the divergent views on power and politics in OD, and critically reviews them.

Keywords: Power

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp.55-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 541.037KB).

Hari Sreekumar

Doctoral Student, Marketing Group, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

I graduated in Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and post three and a half years of work experience, joined the doctoral programme in marketing at IIM Calcutta. My major area of specialization is marketing, with Behavioral Science as my minor area. Within organization studies, I am interested in social embeddedness in organizations and organization development and change.


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