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MGMT 4980 – Midterm Assignment
Due: See Canvas/Course schedule
✓ This midterm paper (in lieu of a midterm exam) goal is to allow you to start applying the
theories and concepts of Power, Influence and Politics in organizations and make it relevant to
your own life.
✓ By completing this assignment, you will reflect and apply what you have learned thus far to build
tools relevant to your own life and career.
✓ This project should help you for years to come to better navigate your career and life to be
successful, build your own blueprint for Power, Influence and Politics.
o This assignment contains three distinct but related parts to be completed: A personality
assessment, real life application of a power situation, and your own social network analysis
relevant to your career! See Appendix A for specific directions for each part.
1. Part 1: YOURSELF and Power
2. Part 2: Applying Power for YOURSELF
3. Part 3: YOUR Professional Network
o Please see the course schedule and recommended weeks to spread the work over time. Waiting
the last week to start will likely result in a bad experience and poor performance as well as
feeling frustrated and overwhelm by the paper!
o Any question, doubt, need a review of part of your work, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
ask me in class, or schedule a time to meet outside of class!
o Support: use both textbook with listing references as well as any outside material relevant to
show your effort and research! YOU MUST CITE YOUR WORK, DO NOT PLAGARISM (review the
Turnitin report at submission, it is your responsibility to turn in a plagiarism free paper! In sum
never copy and paste text from the web even if you cite it unless in quotation mark and this
should be limited to a sentence or two NOT paragraphs worth of text, rephrase using your own
words and cite the source of your work!). Yes you must cite our textbooks as well!
o Reference formatting: please see Appendix B
ú Format (~2.5pts):
o 12 points time new roman, 1.5 lines spacing, 1 inch (Do not play around with the
o Paper length see each questions for recommended minimum length. Please keep in
mind doing the minimum do NOT guarantee the maximum grade. If you need more to
fully explain yourself, use more words, this is key to show your work!
o Cover page: Name of assignment, name of prof. and class/semester, and a brief 1
paragraph executive summary explanation what did you learn from this paper relevant
to this class.
o Label each section with a heading as well as subsections! It should be organized, do NOT
turn in one long essay with no headings, and subsection numbering!
o Format references as required (see appendix B). You must show where you support
o Proper English and sentences/paragraph construction (NO bullet points, but complete
ú Overall Effort & Completion (~2.5pts):
o Recall, this type of self-reflection and application paper is first and foremost graded on
completion and the effort displayed through your writing, research and creativity as well
as critical thinking skills. I read every paper myself, I do not use a TA, I have graded
papers for over a decade and I can tell pretty quickly a rushed job. While such an
assignment is not difficult or tricky, it requires times and effort. So I do specifically assign
points for overall effort and completion! In sum, does this work reflect a well-planned
thoughtful amount of work and thus comprehension?
ú Part 1 (~3.25pts); Part 2 (~3.5pts); Part 3 (~3.25pts):
o Completion of everything asked for each question (and each part of each question!) and
properly labelled (see format). See appendix A for detailed instructions for each
o Length of work is above and beyond the minimum (while the lengths are guideline,
doing only the minimum everywhere will NOT guarantee max credit, but show you
chose to do the minimum only!).
o Show effort and research (proper cites, explanation and support).
o Show critical thinking applying what you have learned in a way that demonstrate your
mastering of the material. I am not interesting in your opinion ONLY, you must use
terminology and theory learned in this class.
o Show potential for growth that is using this assignment to better yourself in the near
Questions, Concerns? Contact me ASAP, Do not wait the week (or day) of the deadline!
(Please review grading criteria before to start! Be sure to cite your support!)
Part 1. YOURSELF and Power (Be as honest as possible, so your assessments reflect your reality ☺)
1.1 Summarize what you have learned regarding personal qualities and skills that bring influence (see
Pfeffer Intro-C2 as well as our other textbook and any other sources you may find relevant to use).
Please evaluate yourself on the 7 qualities/skills discussed in the Pfeffer book (rate yourself on those
dimensions on a 1-5 scale, where 1 means you possess little of the attribute and 5 means you
possess a lot of it), as well as provide an example for each quality assessed. Minimum length: 300
1.2 Find an example (well- known person or from your own life) who is a role model in using influence
and power (that is in an ethical/inspiring positive way) as described by Pfeffer. Minimum length: 200
1.3 Complete ALL five of the personality assessments, then describe each test briefly, list each score as
well as what it means, and if you agree with the assessment or not (if not tell us why!) and
summarize your personality profile (Show case your strength, and what you may work on in the
a. JUNG Personality Test: http://similarminds.com/jung.html
b. Listening Skills Test: http://www.practical-management-skills.com/listening-skills-test.html
c. Emotional Intelligence Quiz: http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl_eq_quiz.htm
d. DISC personality test: https://www.onlinepersonalitytests.org/disc/
Read about the DISC test here: https://www.discprofiles.com/blog/2011/12/disc-profile-
e. Conflict Management Style (CMS): http://www.blake-
Minimum length: 200 words
Part 2. Applying Power for YOURSELF
2.1. Answer the following regarding application of Power/Influence:
a. Please write a statement on the topic, “what I have learned thus far in this class to benefit my
career.” Please be sure to summarize key points from Pfeffer C-3-5 as well as our other relevant
readings up to Week 6.
b. Referring to part 1, discuss your personality, skills and abilities, and “character” that you
believe are and have been most important in helping you get ahead in life (both in the past and
in the future). In other words, what personal attributes or qualities do you possess that you
value highly and believe have and will make you more effective in obtaining your goals (in an
ethical and inspiring manner that is!)?
c. Please share an example (preferably in the past).
Minimum length: 300 words
2.2 “Doing-Power”. Think of a situation in the not-too-distant future in which you want to practice your
power and influence skills. This can be a political issue or negotiation in a current professional role, your
first few weeks in a new job, or an important upcoming meeting (if you have no idea at all here some
possible examples: asking for a raise or a promotion, a job interview final round on site for a day long
interview including lunch and dinner at your dream post-graduation organization, a class project with
difficult teammates or a negotiation for a used car…). Engage in a “mental simulation” to visualize what
will/can happen in this situation. Be sure to refer to terminology you have learned in this class, this is
not just about your opinion, relate it to what you have learned! Your write-up should then include:
a. First, what is your goal?
b. Second, describe relevant aspects of the general setting and your anticipated position. What is
different to, and what the same as in your past experiences with power and influence? Use
terminology we learned in this class through your readings.
c. Third, include a brief self-assessment that identifies patterns in your past experience. For
example, what have been your political capital strengths in the past, what power deficits? Do
you have preferred influence tactics and styles? Recurrent sources of success and failure?
d. Fourth, put the three previous pieces together to form a diagnosis: What issues related to
power and influence are you likely to face in the future situation? What does this analysis
suggest in terms of a) preparation for this situation, and b) general personal development
e. Finally derive an implementation plan from your conclusions. The plan should involve general
strategies for both personal development and for approaching the situation, a realistic time line,
and at least several illustrations of very specific actions. Be concrete!
Minimum length: 300 words
Section 3. YOUR professional network
3.1 Please summarize the key points in Pfeffer C6 and any related relevant reading on this topic.
Minimum length: 200 words
3.2 It is useful to think about how we spend our time, with whom, and how our contacts and networks
are, or are not, consistent with the social relations we might need to build our power base. Please
answer the following:
a. With whom (other than family or significant others) do you spend the most time? Why?
b. Given your career ambitions and what you want to accomplish in your life, who (not necessarily
by name, but by position or location in the social space) are the most important individuals for
you to build relationships with?
c. What is the structure of your professional network? Please read about your personal
boardroom here: https://www.thissheepisorange.com/strong-professional-network-how-the-
Plus see the pdf document provided with the midterm. Summarize the key ideas in your own
words. Assess the 12 roles in the 3 categories, how many people in your life can you find to fill
out those roles?
d. Considering what you have learned, what might you do differently if you wanted to increase
your influence and build more efficient and effective social networks? Be concrete!
Minimum length: 300 words
Guidelines for Citations and References:
Any time you use information or data that were collected or created by another person or
organization, then you need to credit the source of that information. It is imperative that you give
credit to a source when you use another person’s ideas, whether you quote that individual directly or
paraphrase the material.
Whenever you cite someone else’s work, you should give them credit in two places: (1) in the text with
what is referred to as an in‐text citation, and (2) in the reference list at the end of your work. When
you cite a source in‐text, the purpose is to guide the reader to the reference list, where he/she can find
the full information to review the source himself/herself.
Purdue University has a very helpful reference and citation guide, which can be found at the
following link. Nearly any question you have about appropriately referencing or citing a source in APA
format 6th edition can be found via this link.
In text citations allow you to credit the source and provide the reader with the information they need
to navigate the reference list. APA format uses the author‐date method to cite sources in‐text.
Example: The research by Peake and Marshall (2012) argues that experience does in fact have
a significant influence on firm performance.
Example: Peake and Marshall (2012) argue that the type of experience measured influences
the results in primary studies.
If you have an organization or institution that published information, the institution then is considered
Example: The Economic Freedom Index rates how free a country’s economy is considered on
several dimensions (Heritage Foundation, 2012).
When quoting a source directly, there are a couple of ways to handle the situation, depending on how
you structure your sentence.
Example: According to Peake and Marshall (2012), “Industry experience most greatly
influences performance of the firm.” (p. 22).
Example: Peake and Marshall (2012) found that “Industry experience…” (p. 22).
Example: They stated, “Industry experience…” (Peake & Marshall, 2012, p. 22).
If you are using a table or chart from another source, then you should put a footnote in or beneath the
table or chart.
Example: Source: The Economist, 2012
An item on the reference list allows the reader to go back to the original source you cited in the paper
to check the information you provided, get additional information, or provide their own credit to the
author. All sources cited in the text must appear in the reference list.
When ordering the references in a list, (1) alphabetize by author’s last name, (2) if there are two
authors with the same last name, then order references by last name, then first name, and (3) if there
are two references by the same author, order by date (earlier work would appear first.
Wild, J.J., & Wild, K.L. (2012). International business: The challenges of globalization (6th ed.). Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Article or Chapter in an Edited Book
Cooper, A. C., & Gimeno‐Gascón, F.J. (1992). Entrepreneurs, processes of founding, and new firm
performance. In D.L. Sexton & J.D. Kasarda (Ed.), The State of the Art of Entrepreneurship (pp. 301‐340).
Boston, MA: PWS‐Kent Publishing Company.
Article in a Magazine or Newspaper
Wang, J. (2012, March). Radicals and visionaries. Entreprenur, 50.
Doe, J. (2012, January 15). Putting the B in BRIC. The Wall Street Journal, pp. 4A, 5A.
Please refer to this link for the variety of Electronic Sources (Web Publications)