Course Overview

OB377:  THE PATHS TO POWER

Thirty years ago, Rosabeth Moss Kanter wrote that power was the “organization’s last dirty secret.”  To this day power is a topic that makes many people somewhat uncomfortable.  But power is a reality in much of organizational and social life, in settings ranging from financial institutions to high technology companies.  Insufficient sensitivity to and skill in coping with power dynamics have cost Stanford GSB graduates (both MBA and Sloan) and many other talented people promotion opportunities and even their jobs.

The course design seeks to ensure that you will learn concepts useful for understanding power and ways of analyzing power dynamics in organizations. Even more importantly, the course encourages you to think about and develop your own personal path to power (which can include, of course, a path away from power if you should decide that you are not interested in doing what is required to become and remain powerful), as well as to develop your skills in exercising power and influence.

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