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Powerful group within the organization that makes the decisions and charts the organization's strategies
Has the power to determine mission and goals Top managers who 'run the organization' Two kinds Prescribed network Formally structured group Defined and specific relationships between actors and functions Emergent network People gathering together to meet their own needs or from members who seek each other out to actualize personal interests Tend to be much broader than formal networks

Organizational objectives and strategies, personal characteristics, and internal relationships of that minimum group of cooperating employees who oversee the organization as a whole and control its basic policy making.
Particular skills, interpersonal and cognitive orientation, goals and values of the dominant coalition influence organizational processes Questions to Determine the Present State of Dominant Coalition 1. Who is in the organizations dominant coalition? Personal skills, attitudes, motives or desires, etc. 2. What are the relationships among the member of the coalition? How cohesive a group is it? Who has the most power? 3. What goals and plans for the organization does the group share? 4. How powerful is this group vis--vis others in the organization? What is the basis of this power?

Network of individuals within and around an organization that most influence the mission and goals of the organization
Sometimes, the Dominant Coalition manipulates to achieve individual or group goals rather than organizational goals Members Top management members are typically, but not exclusively or necessarily, members of the dominant coalition Coalition members need not be within the organization. Any supplier, customer, or other stakeholder with significant control over the organizations distribution channel(s) or decisions could exercise influence within the dominant coalition Could influence the goals of the target organization through informal influence Some organizations pursue only altered versions of their stated goals because of informal forces, such as dominant coalitions, within the organization PreparedbyAriadna73 Page1of2

Definitionsofdominantcoalitions Necessary variables Control Power Intention


A coalition of members directs the process of information extraction and decision making It may also be a minority group, or even an individual May be a majority of the team The coalitions precepts will govern the teams information extraction and decision making when there is conflict in the team over cultural precepts, the coalition will make choices, and those choices will likely be ones that promote the coalitions interests and protect its dominance