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Course: Organizational Behavior for Masters of Business Administration students
Topic: Power & Politics
Description: An assignment submitted and answered by myself originally based on the learnings from the
discussion.
1. Who had power in this organization? What type of power did Harry Walden have? (25 points)
Every individual in organization has power that could be exercised in greater or lesser
degrees (Merchant,2018). In the scenario, everyone has a power but only Harry had exercised
his power well. Roger has personal power, the marketing president has position power and Harry
have both position power and personal power. Two people hasn’t well exhibit their power, without
power, human behavior cannot be influenced toward a desired outcome (Cairns,2017). For
example, Roger who could’ve used his personal power, specifically expert and rational persuasion
as way of getting the position. Meanwhile, the marketing president who could’ve used her position
power specifically legitimate power to command Harry to team up with her to influence committee
in recommending Roger.
Moreover, Harry indeed used a combination of both which has the greatest potential
influence on the action of others (Mcpolin,2017). Harry with both personal and position power
have the strongest overall power and control. From the very start Harry has been using legitimate
power. In disguise of advice, he used his authority in discouraging and commanding Roger to sit
back and wait for the position already intended for him. Harry also used his information power to
control and reverse Roger’s desires in front of the committee. His information power is strengthen
by his credibility that made him more influential and trustworthy despite he’s not saying the
truth(Eikenberry,n.d). Aside from Harry’s positional power, he used his personal Rational
persuasion as an effective tool in turning his own will to everyone’s will (Stack,2016).
As a result, Harry was able to get his desired outcome but he used his powers for his
personal favor/wish. He use blended positional and personal power for maximum effect of his
will(Mcpolin, 2017) however abusive and unethical usage powers affect followers trust and
performance (Bell,2007) which could happen to Roger.

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2. Do you think Roger played company politics well? If so, why didn’t he get the international sales
job? (25 points)
No, he didn’t play politics well, it’s the other way around. The scenario showed that Roger
has been played and reversed by politics. Roger was very focused on his job performance hence
he failed to notice the influence of power and politics. In reality, it takes both great performance
and political savvy to get ahead and target an ambition(Marcus, 2017).
Mainly, he did not get the job because he did not use his personal power to have control
or play with company politics. First, he did not utilize well his rational persuasion in convincing his
desires to his boss. He’s unaware that the best person who could recommend him is his
immediate supervisor (Corcione,2018).For instance, he should’ve showcased to Harry how
deserving he is, how this job can expand his horizon and professional growth and his capacity to
perform in that field. Second, he didn’t use his referent power on creating a network that could
recommend him. It’s not necessarily to target those people in high-level roles but to know who
are in the circle of influence or people who has ability to make things happen (Miller,n.d).Lastly,
he didn’t use is expert power. For example, he could’ve made a GTKY(Get to know you) session
with key people, especially those who are in International Sales. In this way, he can influence
them by humble bragging and sharing his sales knowledge and also he’s gaining more insight on
their job nature as well.
Overall, it’s recommended to balance great performance and politics as this is vital to
employees and leaders in any stage of their career (Simosko,n.d). To add, Roger can win the
situation if he just use his personal power. Personal power alone is strong enough to persuade,
galvanize , make things happen by just influencing(Steinbrecher,n.d) to win people and situations.

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Course: Organizational Behavior for Masters of Business Administration students Topic: Power & Politics Description: An assignment submitted and answered by myself originally based on the learnings from the discussion. 1. Who had power in this organization? What type of power did Harry Walden have? (25 points) Every individual in organization has power that could be exercised in greater or lesser degrees (Merchant,2018). In the scenario, everyone has a power but only Harry had exercised his power well. Roger has personal power, the marketing president has position power and Harry have both position power and personal power. Two people hasn’t well exhibit their power, without power, human behavior cannot be influenced toward a desired outcome (Cairns,2017). For example, Roger who could’ve used his personal power, specifically expert and rational persuasion as way of getting the posit ...
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