Which organizational theories relate to abuse of power (specifically by CEO's)?

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  • 9 years ago
    Best Answer

    Hi Kimberly,

    There are a number of theories that address leadership in organizations. They generally focus on how to successfully work in and/or lead an organization. One amusing example of a theory which addresses abuse of power is the Peter Principle. Peter Principle Management is the concept that in bureaucratic organizations, new employees typically start in the lower ranks, but when they prove to be competent in the task to which they are assigned, they get promoted to a higher rank, generally management. This process of climbing up the hierarchical ladder can go on indefinitely, until the employee reaches a position where he or she is no longer competent. At that moment the process typically stops, since the established rules of bureaucracies make it very difficult to "demote" someone to a lower rank, even if that person would be a much better fit and happier in a non-management role. The net result of this principle is that most of the management levels of a bureaucracy will be filled by incompetent people, who got there because they were quite good at doing different (and usually, but not always, easier) work than the work they are currently expected to perform. Incompetent managers, including CEO's often reward loyalty and conformity rather then competence. They are prone to abuse power to shield themselves from being discovered as incompetent. Here's a link to read more about it. Regards.

  • 9 years ago

    Google- SIX SIGMA. It is a way for company leaders to micro manage their employees. It's interesting to read about but hellish to work for someone that controls employees like children. Hope this is what you were looking for.

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