Category Archives: Power

Like pigs to the slaughter? (adapted from J. M. Corbett, 1994)

Source: J. Martin Corbett (1994) Critical Cases in Organisational Behaviour, Palgrave, p. 232 I presented this cartoon to my students in one of our classes on the topics of power, politics, control and resistance. I asked them to interpret the … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as innate human nature? Or are we shaped by our experiences and the power of the cultural and social institutions around us?

A couple of years ago, openculture.com made available a discussion between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault entitled “The Clash of Titans”. Their discussion addressed the two fundamental questions: Is there such a thing as innate human nature? Or are we … Continue reading

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A further list of discussion questions

During the past year I developed more discussion questions that could be used during the classes or in the examinations. Some of the questions have been adopted from Fiona Wilson (2013) Organizational Behaviour and Work. A Critical Introduction. Oxford University … Continue reading

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Control mechanisms and the students’ life

Entering the topic of organisational and managerial control, I introduce my students to three thoughts about control in organisations: 1) Control is frequently mentioned in textbooks as being as one of the management functions (e.g. to plan, organise, motivate, control … Continue reading

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Change comes from Power!

“But I am convinced that the best, maybe the only, way to create a better world populated with kinder, more generous, and selfless leaders is to both recognize the current realities and accumulate the power skills to get into a … Continue reading

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