Empire State College mentor David Starr-Glass publishes on Power and Micropolitics in Small and Medium Enterprises

David Starr-Glass MBA, M.Sc., M.Ed.

Mentor, International Programs (Prague), State University of New York – Empire State College

David Starr-Glass has published a chapter, “Power and Politics in the Strategic Formation of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises” in the new book “Organizational Management: Policies and Practices”.

The book is published by Palgrave-Macmillan and edited by Joao Paulo Davim and Carolina Machado. Organizational Management: Policies and Practices “communicates the latest developments and thinking on the organizational management subject worldwide, and seeks cultural and geographic diversity in studies and uses of organizational management that have a special impact on organizational communications, change processes and work practices.”

Introducing his chapter, Starr-Glass notes, “Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have to develop coherent strategies for their continued existence and growth. Because of the limited number of social actors in SMEs, strategy formation is much more of an interpersonal and relational activity than in large-scale firms. Also, unlike large-scale firms, SMEs have limited and fluid governance structures that may not mediate or resolve the conflicting perspectives of participants.

“Strategy formation provides the opportunity for resource and benefit reallocation among those involved and, as in all social situations, it is inevitable that micropolitical alliances and considerations will materialize. Indeed, strategy formation in SMEs provides a particularly rich but underexplored setting for micropolitical activity. The chapter explores the SME setting, discusses the nature of micro-politics and calls for further research in the field.”

The work is being released at the end of March 2016. Details about the volume and chapter are available for the eBook at ISBN 978-1-137-47308-0 and the hardcover edition at ISBN 978-1-137-47307-3.

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