Power simply stated is the ability to control others. Legitimate power is real power; a manager has real power as it comes with a position. A manager has control as to how a task is preformed and who performs the task. The employees consent to the manager’s requests because there is mutual consent to follow an assortment of orders from people in management type positions. Legitimate power has limits, for it only provides the powerholder the right to ask for a set of behaviours from others. The set of behaviours limits or “zone of indifference”, is the set of behaviours, are behaviours employees are willing to take on at the request of a manager. Employees have their own boundaries to requests. While most everyday requests are accepted, some extraordinary requests are opposed, at the discretion of the individual. Coercive power comes as expected with legitimate power, as it is the ability to punish. A boss can change shifts, or decrease hours, whatever they deem appropriate to address a behaviour or technical problem. Coercive power also exists from a lateral perceptive, in the form of peer pressure. In the case of “Nirvana Art Gallery”, Nelly had legitimate power as Research manager. She used her coercive power abusively to obtain her own personal agenda. She was not using her power for the “good” of the art gallery, which is how a superior should be using any power in particular coercive power. 2.
Organizational politics is conduct by a person that others see as self-serving or for personal gain. The conduct is often at the expense of other people or possibility the organization itself. They conditions which can enable organizational politics are: scarce resources, complex and ambiguous decisions, organizational change, tolerance of politics. 3.
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