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Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.
Understanding how power and influence processes operate in organizations is critical for leaders. This course aims to: (1) teach students how to to diagnose and analyze power and politics in organizational situations; (2) show students how to exercise power effectively; and (3) help students come to terms with the inherent dilemmas and choices involved in developing and exercising influence.
Topics covered include: the sources of power (including individual attributes and structural position); dealing with resistance and conflict; obtaining allies and supporters; maintaining power; understanding how and why power is lost; living in the limelight (the price of having power); and the use of language and symbolism in exercising power.
This elective course is offered to all Stanford GSB and Sloan students. Current students, please check MyGSB for more information.