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Beyond Dyadic Exchange: Functional Interdependence and Subunit Power, Organization Studies

Abstract

This study critically examines the relevance of exchange theory in explaining the power of organizational sub-units. The study argues that sub-unit power is generated not by the balance of exchange dependencies between sub-units, but by workflow interdependencies created by the organization's division of labour. The findings support the arguments of the study. The paper concludes that dyadic power relationships between organizational sub-units can only be fully understood in terms of their location in organization-wide systems of functional interdependence.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Graham W Astley, Edward Zajac

Date Published

1990

Citations

Astley, W Graham, and Edward Zajac. 1990. Beyond Dyadic Exchange: Functional Interdependence and Subunit Power. Organization Studies. 11(4): 481-501.

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