Organizational power embodied in hand and finger touchlines

Creed, Andrew, Zutshi, Ambika and Johnson, Russell 2021, Organizational power embodied in hand and finger touchlines, Cross cultural and strategic management, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 553-573, doi: 10.1108/CCSM-06-2020-0133.

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Title Organizational power embodied in hand and finger touchlines
Author(s) Creed, AndrewORCID iD for Creed, Andrew
Zutshi, AmbikaORCID iD for Zutshi, Ambika
Johnson, Russell
Journal name Cross cultural and strategic management
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 553
End page 573
Total pages 21
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 2059-5794
Keyword(s) Abuse
Business & Economics
Embodied metaphor
Social Sciences
Summary Purpose The purpose of this paper is to develop a nuanced interpretative frame that can help global managers with recommendations to avoid misapplied power with group and organizational situations. Design/methodology/approach Embodied metaphor is applied in analysis of the theory-praxis nexus to reconceive the bases, processes and resources associated with group and organizational power. Identified are patterns of relations in organizational bases and circuits of power, as expressed through literal and symbolic aspects of human hands and fingers. The paper does not revolve around gesticulations; instead focusing upon a novel, meta-cultural development of touchlines of the human hand, revealing conceptual relationships with the implementation of influence. Findings A differentiated understanding of the touchline powers of technology, information, self-awareness, relation to others and access to money can respectively improve decisions and actions. Insights are provided in the areas of controlling people to achieve objectives, demeaning others, managing change and resistance for personal gain, negotiating contracts, advancing personal interests and coordinating reward or punishment. Research limitations/implications Choosing one metaphor may contribute to the exclusion of other perspectives, however, the embodied nature of the hand and touchlines tends to cross cultures and may assist further research to address the embedded nature of abuses of organizational power. Originality/value The contribution is in the theory-praxis nexus to assist global managers in addressing the risk of potential misuse of power and influence in organizations and to respond to calls for ancient indigenous epistemological systems to assume a role in contemporary management studies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/CCSM-06-2020-0133
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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