A Comparison Of Charles And Bill Koch's Sources Of Power

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The term power has in different occasions been described differently depending on different areas. The areas that it would depend on are the person that is describing it, the time in which the description is being made, and also the situation that leads to the description of the word power. A few people have defined power as being in the position to do something even though there is some resistance. Others define power as the ability to outmaneuver the opposing side. Due to power leads to someone’s will being done, this explains why many people struggle to be a position of power. “There are constant struggles amongst the people who want to be in the position of power, so that they can control the other people in different fields” (Anderson,…show more content…
To begin with, Charles is the CEO, and this already gives him legitimate power. Legitimate power, which is also known as positional power, comes into play because of the position an individual holds in the hierarchy of the organization. “Since Charles is the CEO, he had the authority to have reports made to him by his juniors and also assign such juniors the duties he expected them to perform” (Haneberg, 2012). Due to Charles is the CEO, he is also known to have coercive power. This can be seen due to the fact that he had the ability to influence the workers in the organization by the use of threats, sanctions, and punishments among other forms of influence. This allows Charles to influence the people who do not want to come across as his enemies. This is due to they could suffer if they became his…show more content…
This kind of power comes into play when a person has the ability to influence how incentives will be allocated in an organization. This could be in the form of salary increments, bonuses, promotions, positive appraisals, and other ways. According to Haneberg (2012), Charles has this source of power because he greatly influences how incentives should be allocated. At some point, when he terminated Bill, he even handed out shares of stock to company executives who were loyal to him. This shows that people within the company would want to side with him. This is just one of the few rewards that he has utilized. The term expert power can also be seen within this company. Bill, being a chemical engineer has the expertise needed with regard to handling the chemical activities of the company. This can be seen even with the way he came up with projects that involved the use of chemicals, like the cholesterol-fighting drug which was called the onion pill. According to Anderson (1998), since he had this expertise he felt that deserved more from the company that he was

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