ERIC Number: EJ1152935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Republication of "A Simple--But Powerful--Power Simulation"
Bolman, Lee; Deal, Terrence E.
Journal of Management Education, v41 n5 p634-642 Oct 2017
The authors write that the longer they study and work in organizations, the more they discover power to be one of the central issues which researchers and students must understand. Researchers who ignore power run the risk of spurious, irrelevant findings. Students who assume administrative positions without a proper understanding of power and how to wield it risk failure and an aborted career. Consequently, the authors have spent considerable time seeking ways of teaching students about power. This article describes a simple simulation that provides an opportunity for students in Organizational Behavior (OB) classes to experience the complex individual and structural aspects of power. The purposes of this paper are: (1) To have the authors present a brief description of their introductory course; (2) describe the power simulation; and (3) discuss some of the issues that are important to consider in deciding whether to use it. Teaching considerations are discussed.
Descriptors: Simulation, Power Structure, Political Power, Replication (Evaluation), Teaching Methods, Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, Introductory Courses, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, Educational Practices, Business Administration Education
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