WVU COMM 306 - Peons and Power (2 pages)

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COMM 306 1nd Edition Lecture 18 Outline of Last Lecture I. Emotional Rules and MaintenanceII. DissentOutline of Current Lecture I. PeonII. PowerCurrent LecturePeon: worker at or near bottom of the organization- work requires minimum skillsPrinciple for Peons:1) Fortune Favors the Bold: only if bold and correct - risk taking is dangerous2) Power: must demonstrate competence - no immediate change3) Tenure: people around longer have more power from established networks - sometimes more power than those of higher positions and disliked for it 4) Decision Making: never make decisions today if can put off until tomorrow - obtain more information and if wait the problem might go away 5) Modesty: be humble and keep opinions to self - employees are rarely able to overthrow the boss 6) Self Importance: businesses will still run when one leaves - businesses are not centered around one person 7) Acceptance: demonstrate similarity for acceptancePower: given to other people- ability to get people to do something they don’t want to do- not something one possessesThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.Bases of Power: 1) Legit/Assigned: position in the organization2) Coercive: punishment and treat with something don’t want - concern: people have to believe one cares- control: have to have control over punishment and be able to deliver it - scrutiny: have to be able to detect actions3) Reward: prosocial acknowledgements for something wanted- concern: believe care if given reward- control: be able to give reward- scrutiny: be able to notice when do a good job 4) Expert: more knowledge over others 5) Referent: people want to be like themLevel of Influence: 1) Compliance: legit, coercive, reward, expert, referent2) Identification: expert & referent3) Internalization: expert &


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