Teaching Power in Ways That Influence Student' Career Success: Some Fundamental Ideas

43 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2019

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Jeffrey Pfeffer

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Date Written: November 25, 2019

Abstract

Forty-five years ago, power as a topic was mostly absent from management textbooks and courses, including executive education teaching, in the fields of business and public administration. This was the case notwithstanding the fact that power dynamics are invariably present in most public and private sector workplaces. Research demonstrates that power affects resource allocations among departments and other sub-units as well as decisions on strategic direction in organizations of all types. Research also shows that power affects peopleĀ“s career trajectories, including their salaries and the hierarchical levels they attain.

Keywords: career, success, power

Suggested Citation

Pfeffer, Jeffrey, Teaching Power in Ways That Influence Student' Career Success: Some Fundamental Ideas (November 25, 2019). Organizational Dynamics, Forthcoming, Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 3839, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3493406 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3493406

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