Test you understanding of key chapter concepts by working through this quiz. You can check your answer by clicking on the arrow to the right or on what you think the correct answer is.  The correct answer will then be revealed to you for that question. 

1. In chapter 8 of your textbook, power is said to be _________ if it is exercised according to one’s own interests rather than one’s sanctioned authority within the bureaucracy.

  1. Legitimate
  2. Illegitimate
  3. Corrupted
  4. Powerful

Answer: B

2. According to chapter 8 of your textbook, many early organization theorists’ conceptions of hierarchy viewed ___________ as legitimate, and ___________ as illegitimate.

  1. Power/Authority
  2. Authority/Power
  3. Leaders/Subordinates
  4. Ethics/Authority

Answer: B

3. Your textbook identifies a range of bases of power, legitimacy being one.  Which one of the following is NOT central to the concept of power as legitimation?

  1. People already want to do what it is that you want them to do
  2. Legitimation is achieved through the management of meaning
  3. Legitimate power forces people to accept that you will always be above them and so they do what they are told
  4. Both a and b

Answer: C

4. During the second war in Iraq, there were media clips of Iraqi civilians pulling down statues of Saddam Hussein.  Such images are highly symbolic of the fact that the power of Saddam’s regime is no longer perceived as __________.

  1. Illegitimate
  2. Legitimate
  3. Hiding weapons of mass destruction
  4. Useful to the US government and its allies

Answer: B

5. Unlike earlier researchers, Post World War II researchers increasingly argued that ____________ is a source of power rather than a constraint on its exercise.

  1. Uncertainty
  2. Bureaucracy
  3. Leadership
  4. Legitimacy

Answer: A

6. Organizations responding to resource contexts by adaptation (i.e. through internal changes to strategies or operations) and/or by domination (i.e. through efforts to control the environment) is an example of the ________?

  1. Strategic contingency theory
  2. Resource Based View
  3. Game theory
  4. Tyrone Power Theory

Answer: B

7. Which of the following give rise to organizational politics according to Pettigrew (2002)?

  1. The management and legitimization of meaning
  2. It involves structural divisions
  3. History of past politics in an organization
  4. All of the above

Answer: D

8. Which of the following is NOT an one of Mintzberg’s political games?

  1. Counter-insurgency
  2. Empire building
  3. Hoarding
  4. Lording

Answer: C

9. In its simplest form, soft domination can be described as ____________.

  1. The subtle mechanisms through which obedience is produced
  2. The use of organizational norms, vision and mission statement
  3. The use of empowerment programs such as autonomy, participatory management, and personal development programs
  4. All of the above

Answer: D

10. If an organization is typified and dominated by one point of view, reinforced through a strong organizational culture and little, if no, resistance then _____________ is said to have occurred.

  1. Organizational empowerment
  2. Organizational hegemony
  3. Organizational resistance
  4. Organizational domination

Answer: B

11. Which of the following are typical of total institutions?

  1. A psychiatric institution
  2. A prison
  3. A boarding school
  4. All of the above

Answer: D

12. Which of the following is NOT an aspect of the rational decision making model?

  1. Define the problem and collect all the information that will lead to a solution
  2. Review the data and come up with a decision
  3. Discuss the decision with employees and together decide on the optimum solution
  4. Implement the decision from top-down and evaluate its effectiveness

Answer: C