Organizations are political entities, and politics happen in an organizational context. Power and influence are behind much of what is accomplished in both organizations and politics. Power is the driving force behind social change and the production of public goods; however, many dreams have gone unrealized and political careers have been shattered because of an insufficient understanding of the dynamics of power and influence.
The goal of Power and Influence in Organizations and Politics is to develop your understanding of power and techniques of analyzing influence processes. After you have completed the course, you will be able to identify more effectively the reasons for others’ behavior and influence events toward the ends that you desire. You also will have confronted what power means to you and the role you would like it to play in your career.