Political Analysis of an Organization

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The political lens examines an organization through the “roots of conflict” in “different and competing interests, and disagreements” (Ancona, Kochan, Scully, Van Maanen, & Westney, 2005: M-2, 33). The political aspect of an organization requires the “exercise of power and influence” by stakeholders over others to achieve “buy-in” (Ancona et al., 2005: M-2, 33). I will analyze Dynacorp through the political lens to discuss the factors that will hinder of facilitate the success of the change to the front end/back end design (Dynacorp Revisited, 2005: M-2, 85).



The political analysis of an organization begins with the identification of the stakeholders “groups that have a shared ‘stake’ that is
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The Business Units are made up of former engineers who at one point and probably still place some interest on prestige (Dynacorp Revisited, 2005: M-2, 86). Prior to reorganization many of Dynacorp’s top managers were former engineers (Dynacorp Revisited, 2005: M-2, 86).
On the frontlines, sales teams are interested in easy sales and are resisting the change to solution oriented sales. A sales team member laments “If only we had more customers like Judy”, a customer that buys standard off-the-shelf equipment (Dynacorp Revisited, 2005: M-2, 90). The sales people seem unable to sell solutions admitting they lost a sale because although the company produces superior products the overall package was not as good as a competitor’s (Dynacorp Revisited, 2005: M-2, 89). Sales teams haven’t fully adapted the complete solution over just hardware strategy put in place by management.


The ability to satisfy a group’s interest is a result of the power they wield, their “control over or access to valued resources” and the “ability to affect the behavior of other people” (Ancona et al., 2005: M-2, 36). The CEO and other managers have authority power “associated with formal positions in the organizational hierarchy” over their subordinates (Ancona et al., 2005: M-2, 36). The CEO has power over Greystone, Greystone has power over Walker, Walker has power over Pauley, and Pauley
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