An Example Of Individual Empowerment ( Conger & Kanungo ) Essay examples

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The power construct of most company’s in the United States is hierarchical. The perception is that the closer one’s position is to that of the CEO, the more power one is afforded. Power is a combination of decision-making authority and company information. In today’s competitive business environment, where growth is dependent upon companies producing quality products and moving them to the market ahead of the competition, decision-making that takes place closer to where the work is performed creates a competitive advantage. As such, those with decision-making power must be willing to cede power to employees outside of the typical hierarchy. Additionally, managers must engage in open and honest bilateral communication with employees to foster an environment of trust and increase employee satisfaction.
Employee empowerment (Conger & Kanungo, 1988) is the delegation of legitimate authority by supervisors to employees. From an individual perspective, the power ceded is in the form of decision making centered on how the employee executes tasks assigned. An example of individual empowerment is the use of management by objectives. In Drucker’s (Greenwood, 1981) expansion on management by objectives, the correlation was made between the decentralization of decision making and employee motivation which was proven to result in greater effectiveness when the employee is given the responsibility (empowered) for determining how objectives are achieved. The effectiveness is…

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