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Question one
Organizational positional power can be used to influence culture or core organizational
values. Positional power defines a person's desires and values, and conducts that they wish to
implement within the organization. Positional power dictates the behavioral description that is
expected from every employee (Bennett, 2017). For instance, a boss might use their positional
power to dictate how people should wear at the office as part of their ethical culture. Positional
power also contributes to organizational culture by enforcing a sense of accountability on people
holding a certain position. For instance, an HR manager knows that they are accountable for the
welfare of the employee. Position values also change the core values of the organization through
visible components. For instance, when a manager is responsible, caring, and trustworthy,
employees might adopt that, thus contributes to a positive change in the organizational ethical
culture. Positional power helps top employees, such as managers and directors, clearly
understand the framework of the organization. This understanding helps them explain it
effectively and implement it accordingly amongst subordinates' employees.
Question two
There are three types of positional power, namely coercive power, reward power, and
legitimate power (Olson, 2015). As a manager, I would use my legitimate power to make
decisions that bring a chance to the organizational cultural change. Since I have authority over
my subjects, I would use it to instill the hardworking nature I have in my team members. I would
use my authority to provide them with an ethical role model to influence organizational cultural
change. I can use the position to create laws and policies that advocate for organizational change.
For instance, I will amend the organizational code to introduce a dressing code that will
supplement the other existing ethical codes. I will also use my coercive powers as a manager to

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Running Head: POSITIONAL POWER Positional power Student’s Name Institution POSITIONAL POWER 2 Question one Organizational positional power can be used to influence culture or core organizational values. Positional power defines a person's desires and values, and conducts that they wish to implement within the organization. Positional power dictates the behavioral description that is expected from every employee (Bennett, 2017). For instance, a boss might use their positional power to dictate how people should wear at the office as part of their ethical culture. Positional power also contributes to organizational culture by enforcing a sense of accountability on people holding a certain position. For instance, an HR manager knows that they are accountable for the welfare of the employee. Position values also change the core values of the organization through visible components. For instance, when a manager is responsible, caring, and trustworthy, employees might adopt that, thus contributes to a positive change in the organizational ethical culture. Positional power helps top employees, such as managers and directors, clearly understand the framework of the organization. This ...
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