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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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PAZ, Maria das Graças Torres da  and  NEIVA, Elaine Rabelo. The discriminating capacity of the organizational power configuration scale in the macro organizational perspective and its use as a tool for characterizing the cultural profile of organizations. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.2, pp. 153-168. ISSN 1984-6657.

This study's objective is to evaluate the discriminating capacity of the organizational power configuration scale to identify the different ways each of the power configurations is manifested in different organizations, in a macro organizational and cultural perspective. Twenty-two (22) organizations of different sizes, public, private, public/private investment and legal entities participated in the study. The power configurations instrument, which contains the six theoretically proposed and empirically confirmed configurations, was applied collectively and answered individually. The samples were selected by convenience, but the representativeness of each organization as a whole was guaranteed by reproducing the original characteristics of the population in terms of distribution by area. A total of 3,589 participants responded to the instrument. The MANOVA multivariate tests showed that the organization has effect over the configurations of power. The results empirically show the differences between the power configurations and their manifestation as a phenomenon at the organizational level, thus the power configurations can be investigated on a macro organizational level and in a cultural perspective. Discriminant analysis showed that all the configurations contribute to the multivariate effects identified in the MANOVA, suggesting that the power configurations characterize the organizations studied and produce distinct effects in relation to these organizations, which is also related to the construct at the organizational level.

Keywords : organizational power; discriminant analysis; macro organizational level; cultural profile.

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