Power in Business

Does a senior management team command the power to reject the collective intelligence of the organisation below it? The answer may lie equally in the beliefs of the employees as in the practices of the management team. Metcalf and Urwick talk of the reaction to power as a “natural urge” to regain an equilibrium that has been disturbed by a favour bestowed on the encumbered. This reaction in essence validates the power relationship and as Stacey put it, a gesture is not a valid gesture withou...