In projects, a very important function required of a project manager is influencing the organization—in other words, "making things work". That involves having a good knowledge of both the formal and informal systems of the home organization of the project, as well as the client, subcontractors, and other stakeholders. The ability to influence the organization requires understanding the mechanisms of power and politics.
By power we normally mean the potential ability to influence behavior, change a situation in order to ouercome resistance, and maSe peoples do things they would have not done otherwise. In general, it involves influencing opinions, decisions, and methods.
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