ERIC Number: ED132649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-4
Reference Count: 0
Dreams of Humanization and the Realities of Power.
Nord, Walter R.
While the humanization of organizations has long been a goal of organizational psychologists, it is not as easily achieved as its advocates have wished. In humanized organizations, members are treated justly, are engaged in meaningful work, encouraged to develop their potential, and are treated as ends rather than as means. That these ideals have rarely been achieved is in large part the result of the role that power plays, especially in private economic organizations. The author proposes four postulates that relate to power and its exercise within organizations and that indicate why humanization is a yet-to-be-realized goal. First, organizations are composed of coalitions competing with each other for resources and influence. Second, coalitions, particularly the dominant ones, seek to protect their interests and power by affecting environmental factors. Third, the unequal distribution of power itself has nonhumanizing effects on both the powerful and the unpowerful. And finally, the exercise of power within organizations is one crucial aspect of the exercise of power within the larger social system. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)