Analysis of Power and Politics within Healthcare Organizations

Review Chapter 8 of your course text, including the section on Henry Mintzberg’s political games which begins on page 143.  The chapter’s author has provided a depiction of each political game element as it pertains to health professionals in a health care organization.   Identify a professional organization in which you have worked or volunteered (it does not have to be related to health) and describe its members.  Evaluate each member as you determine their basis of power within the organization.  Identify any political games that you were aware of by members of the staff or any ancillary employees/volunteers.  Additionally, identify any political games that you were aware of that were played by the managers, administration, and/or the Board of Directors.  If you did not witness or were not aware of any political games at your organization, describe a potential scenario of what a situation could look like for your selected workplace.  Give two examples, one for the staff and one for someone in leadership.  What were the motivations (or potential motivations) of why the games may have been pursued?  Were there (or could there be) any negative impacts on an organization by the occurrence of these games?  Give examples of the negative impacts.  Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.    

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