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What is expert power and its importance in organizations?

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derrick-mavuso1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 1, 2009 at 8:57 PM via web

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What is expert power and its importance in organizations?

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM (Answer #1)

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In organizational context, power refers to the ability of an individual to influence the the behavior or actions of others. People in organization can acquire such power from a variety of sources such as:

  • Legitimate, structural, or formal power
  • Reward power
  • Coercive power
  • Expert power
  • Information power
  • Referent power
  • Charismatic or persuasive power

Expert power refers to the ability of a person to influence the behaviour of others in the organization by virtue of having some expert knowledge or skill related to the work being performed. Opinions and recommendations of people whose expertise is highly regarded is accepted by others because of their expertise.

Expert power enables more effective use of knowledge and expertise of individuals, irrespective of their level or position in the organization.

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