A framework for empirically investigating the power of functional units in organizations
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AbstractContemporary views of power and the state-of-the art of research in organizational power are grossly inadequate for evolving an index for determining the power of functional units. The current paper introduces two important elements of power: time and organizational power — mission link — (leading to two related concepts of power: static and dynamic views of power). On the basis of that, a framework for measuring the power held by functional units is proposed. By case study approach, the application of the methodology is demonstrated. The results, among other things, show that every functional unit has some degree of power, which varies with time, in response to the dynamics of the relevant environment; some management implications are highlighted.

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