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MLOS 501:

MLOS 501 Session Seven: Power and Conflict in Groups

Short Term Objectives:

Short Term Objectives At the end of this evening, you should be able to Define power from a resource perspective and from a behavioral perspective Identify at least three power behaviors you have observed in others Describe the role of power in group conflict

Long Term Objectives:

Long Term Objectives Over the course of time, you should be able to Recognize power moves as they are made by people in the groups where you participate Determine the best power strategies for accomplishing your goals Use power strategies to shape group interaction

The Power Game:

The Power Game



Assumptions about Power:

Assumptions about Power Use of power  moves & countermoves in conflict Use arises out of ability and willingness Awareness of power type can mitigate its effects.

Five Views of Power:

Five Views of Power Power is something people have Power is attributed Power is exerted in the relationship Power resides in the culture Power resides in language

Traditional View—Power is Something People Have:

Traditional View—Power is Something People Have Special skills or abilities Time in position Expertise concerning task Personal attractiveness, likeability Control over rewards, punishment, or resources Formal position Allies in the organization

Power is Attributed:

Power is Attributed People attribute power because of social categorization—stereotypes about what power is and what powerful people look like and do mystique—when people are seen as powerful, then what they do is seen as powerful (even if it is not intended to be) interaction—successful power moves require skillful and appropriate use of resources group decision to endorse particular kinds of power Power is always conferred by someone else

Power is Exerted in Relationship:

Power is Exerted in Relationship Direct use Overt use of promises and threats Indirect use Issue control Changing topic Suppression of ideas Non-decision

Power Resides in Culture or Language:

Power Resides in Culture or Language Hegemony and ideology—residing in the culture Linguistic—residing in the language What words are used? Who has the power to name and define? How is the opposition defined? How is jargon used?

Resistance to power:

Resistance to power Is either covert resistance or overt defiance Defiance is contagious Responses to defiance Reason Seduction/co-opting the resister Coercion Expulsion

Dilemmas of Strength:

Dilemmas of Strength Power is finite—source erodes People can get used to threats The strong make misassumptions about the weak The strong often suspect the weaker person’s motives The weak often refuse to negotiate with stronger members

Dilemmas of Weakness:

Dilemmas of Weakness Important needs may not be seen as legitimate Stronger party may define the weaker party’s needs out of existence Stronger parties can define the conflict in their own favor Weakness often becomes self-perpetuating and self-defeating, which may lead to pressure to commit an act of desperation

Recognizing Power:

Recognizing Power Who defines whom? Whose decisions are followed? Who opposes significant change (because change usually redistributes power) Who talks the most (or is listened to the most) Who can take his/her point of view for granted?

The Lucifer Effect: Jigsaw Discussion:

The Lucifer Effect: Jigsaw Discussion 10 minutes: Meet with other people who read the same portion of the book as you. Group 1 (pp. 23 – 194): Michele, Gaby, Angelia, Dawn, Jaymie Group 2 (pp. 195 – 323): Kathi, Barbara, Clare, Andrew, Robert, Ann Group 3 (pp. 324-443): Teri, Brian, Sandra, Kelly, Jonathan, Ines

The Lucifer Effect: Jigsaw Discussion:

The Lucifer Effect: Jigsaw Discussion 15 minutes: Discuss your portion of the book with people who read different portions in these groupings Michele, Gaby, Kathi, Barbara, Teri, Brian Angelia, Dawn, Clare, Andrew, Jonathan, Kelly Jaymie, Robert, Ann, Sandra, Ines

The Lucifer Effect: Jigsaw Discussion:

The Lucifer Effect: Jigsaw Discussion 20 minutes—whole class discussion What are the most important lessons of the book? How do we avoid making situations that allow people to do evil? How do we make situations that encourage people to do good?

Your Questions:

Your Questions

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