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The Activist in All of Us: Varieties of Action and Low Power Attempts to Challenge Status Hierarchies


Paul V. Martorana


City University of New York (CUNY), Baruch College

Adam D. Galinsky


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Hayagreeva Rao


Stanford Graduate School of Business

October 9, 2004

IACM 17th Annual Conference Paper

Abstract:     
When will individuals accept or reject systems that subordinate them, when will they take actions that will challgenge these status hierarchies, and when will such challenges be more intense, overt and non-normative? Recent research suggests that individuals will justify and maintain systems that subordinate them (Jost & Banaji, 1994), yet we suggest that certain boundary conditions predict when individuals will no longer accept their place in such systems. We propose a model that examines how multiple factors - a sense of power (Keltner, Gruenfeld & Anderson, 2003), emotions associated with power (Tiedens, 2001a), and perceptions of the system's legitimacy, stability and permeability to individual advancement (Tajfel & Turner, 1986) - predict when those in low power will act against authority or when they will act to justify and maintain such systems. We also suggest that the level and type of action taken against hierarchies changes as more of the elements (i.e. sense of power, emotions, perceptions of the status hierarchy) of our model are present. We predict that the actions taken against hierarchies become more overt and non-normative as more of these factors are present.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Power, Emotions, Perceptions of Justice

JEL Classification: D74

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Date posted: October 9, 2004  

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Martorana, Paul V. and Galinsky, Adam D. and Rao, Hayagreeva, The Activist in All of Us: Varieties of Action and Low Power Attempts to Challenge Status Hierarchies (October 9, 2004). IACM 17th Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=573566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.573566

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Paul V. Martorana (Contact Author)
City University of New York (CUNY), Baruch College ( email )
17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States
Adam D. Galinsky
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
Hayagreeva Rao
Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )
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Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://faculty-gsb.stanford.edu/rao/contact.html

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