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Emma Jeanes

in A Dictionary of Organizational Behaviour

Published online January 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191843273

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A term used to indicate how power affects decision-making by influencing its process in subtle ways. Unlike traditional approaches to power in decision-making, such as recognizing who might dominate a conversation and have more influence—looking at how decisions appear to be made—non-decision-making, developed by Peter Bachrach and Morton Baratz, focuses on how decision-making is restricted by limiting the scope of or excluding items from the agenda—a process of non-decision-making. Non-decision-making is less visible (as it is a matter of what is not happening, not what is happening) and therefore is a more subtle form of power. It is an example of organizational politics. This corresponds to the second of Stephen Lukes’s ...

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