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Power in management and organization science

Fleming, P. & Spicer, A. (2014). Power in management and organization science. Academy of Management Annals, 8(1), pp. 237-298. doi: 10.5465/19416520.2014.875671


This paper reviews and evaluates the concept of power in management and organization science. In order to organize the extant literature on this topic, we develop a framework that identifies four faces of power (i.e. coercion, manipulation, domination, and subjectification) and four sites of power (i.e. power enacted “in”, “through”, “over”, and “against” organizations). This allows us to evaluate assumptions both shared and contested in the field. Building on the review, the paper then points to potentially novel areas of research that may extend our understandings of organizational power in management and organization science.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Academy of Management Annals in June 2014, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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