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The heart of the beast: Acquiring and redistributing power in modern organizations

Keith D. Denton (Professor of Management, Southwest Missouri State University)

Empowerment in Organizations

ISSN: 0968-4891

Article publication date: 1 September 1997

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Abstract

Asserts that history shows humanity’s quest for power over its environment and of individuals over each other. Suggests that ignoring the desire for power and influence or leaving a vacuum where people are left to feel powerless is to invite trouble; instead, these primal needs should be faced in a positive and worthwhile manner. Proposes that the need for power should be addressed and a sense of being powerful, rather than powerless, should be encouraged throughout organizations. Concludes that, in the 1990s, having power will increasingly mean sharing information, knowledge and trust.

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Denton, K.D. (1997), "The heart of the beast: Acquiring and redistributing power in modern organizations", Empowerment in Organizations, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 123-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/14634449710180251

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