The Power School

11 02 2010

"It's morphing time!" Or maybe time for a new strategy... and new outfits...

Mintzberg’s Power school of strategy is based on politics. It looks at what positions and ploys it can use to accomplish its goals, similar to that of a political or military view.

Main premises of The Power School:

1.) “Strategy formation is shaped by power and politics, whether as an process inside the organization or as the behavior of the organization itself in its external environment

2.) The strategies that nay result from such a process tend to be emergent, and take the form of positions and ploys more than perspectives

3.) Micro power sees strategy making as the interplay, through persuasion, bargaining, and sometimes direct confrontation, in the form of political games, among parochial interests and shifting coalitions, with none dominant for any significant period of time

4.) Macro power sees the organization as promoting its own welfare by controlling or cooperating with other organizations, through the use of strategic maneuvering as well as collective strategies in various kinds of networks and alliances” (260).

Major Criticism of the Power School: “The political dimension can have a positive role in organizations, [but], this can also be the source of a great deal of wastage and distortion in organizations” (260). The Power school can also tend to focus too much on one person or leader.

Major Contributions of the Power School: The power school helps all sides of an issue to be debated, and can help with making confident decisions.

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