Developing individual freedom to act Empowerment in the knowledge organization

Developing individual freedom to act Empowerment in the knowledge organization Empowerment, a term often misunderstood, is a synergistic process of individual development through which the base of influence in an organization is enlarged. Individual empowerment requires that the philosophy of the organization, principally enacted through its administrative system, support employees in accomplishing organizational goals. Support comes from effective and efficient managerial allocation of organizational resources. Two different organizational philosophies are presented and discussed in terms of their impact on empowerment: organizational resource conservation and organizational resource integration. Differences between the philosophies are explained through a conceptual model of preventing failure versus assuring success. Implications of each philosophy for the practice of management in knowledge organizations are discussed. These implications are based on the assumption that managerial behaviors determine how successful will be the process of empowerment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Participation and Empowerment: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Developing individual freedom to act Empowerment in the knowledge organization

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1463-4449
DOI
10.1108/14634449910303603
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Abstract

Empowerment, a term often misunderstood, is a synergistic process of individual development through which the base of influence in an organization is enlarged. Individual empowerment requires that the philosophy of the organization, principally enacted through its administrative system, support employees in accomplishing organizational goals. Support comes from effective and efficient managerial allocation of organizational resources. Two different organizational philosophies are presented and discussed in terms of their impact on empowerment: organizational resource conservation and organizational resource integration. Differences between the philosophies are explained through a conceptual model of preventing failure versus assuring success. Implications of each philosophy for the practice of management in knowledge organizations are discussed. These implications are based on the assumption that managerial behaviors determine how successful will be the process of empowerment.

Journal

Participation and Empowerment: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 1999

Keywords: Empowerment; Motivation; Responsibility; Accountability; Knowledge‐based systems; Organizational philosophy

References

  • The Knowing Organization: How Organizations Use Information to Construct Meaning, Create Knowledge, and Make Decisions
    Choo, C.W.
  • Empowerment: the power to do what?
    Cunningham, I.; Hyman, J.; Baldry, C.

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