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Empowerment: a contrasting overview of organizations in general and nursing in particular ‐ an examination of organizational factors, managerial behaviors, job design, and structural power

Empowerment: a contrasting overview of organizations in general and nursing in particular ‐ an... Examines empowerment as an on‐going and perceptual organizational process yielding a new vision for subordinates. Claims that current attempts to empower employees have met with varying degrees of success as there is a significant gap between the perception of empowerment held by managers and the reality as viewed by employees. Suggests that current research depicts empowerment efforts as myths and not an effective intervention. Examines a five stage model with some empirical results. Explores the relationship of empowerment to organizational variables as well as relationships to supervisory style/managerial behaviors; reward systems; job design; individual and personality factors and finally structural power. Presents a special case study of empowerment in nursing as well as a case incident of empowerment practiced within a manufacturing firm. Concludes with strategies of how to build feelings of choice, competence, meaningfulness and progress ‐ all critical elements in the conceptual model of empowerment. Presents these strategies with both individual actions and team actions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Empowerment in Organizations Emerald Publishing

Empowerment: a contrasting overview of organizations in general and nursing in particular ‐ an examination of organizational factors, managerial behaviors, job design, and structural power

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0968-4891
DOI
10.1108/14634449810210715
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Abstract

Examines empowerment as an on‐going and perceptual organizational process yielding a new vision for subordinates. Claims that current attempts to empower employees have met with varying degrees of success as there is a significant gap between the perception of empowerment held by managers and the reality as viewed by employees. Suggests that current research depicts empowerment efforts as myths and not an effective intervention. Examines a five stage model with some empirical results. Explores the relationship of empowerment to organizational variables as well as relationships to supervisory style/managerial behaviors; reward systems; job design; individual and personality factors and finally structural power. Presents a special case study of empowerment in nursing as well as a case incident of empowerment practiced within a manufacturing firm. Concludes with strategies of how to build feelings of choice, competence, meaningfulness and progress ‐ all critical elements in the conceptual model of empowerment. Presents these strategies with both individual actions and team actions.

Journal

Empowerment in OrganizationsEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1998

Keywords: Empowerment; Manufacturing industry individual behaviour; Nurses; Teams

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