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Chambers, H. E. (1998).  The Bad Attitude Survival Guide: Essential Tools For Managers.
As a people, we have matured and are no longer responsive to a management style that devalues us or treats us as less than equal. ln highly authoritarian environments, creative and productive people tend to leave in search of better employment circumstances, more appealing to their needs. The people who stay in highly authoritarian environments are those who perceive they have no other options. While there are exceptions to everything in life, these are not the employees who will perform at high levels and make the organization great." (p. 62)
Yalom, I. D. (1995).  The theory and practice of group psychotherapy.
"In their classic research on three different styles of leadership, White and Lippit noted that a group is more likely to develop disruptive in-group and out-group factions under an authoritarian, restrictive style of leadership. Group members, unable to express their anger and frustration directly to the leader, release these feelings obliquely by binding together and mobbing or scapegoating one or more of the other members." (p. 330)
Korten, D. C. (2001).  When Corporations Rule the World.
"It is far from incidental that, in its internal governance structures, the corporation is among the most authoritarian of organizations and can be as repressive as any totalitarian state. Those who work for corporations spend the better portion of their waking hours living under a rule that dictates their dress, their speech, their values, their behavior, and their levels of income—with limited opportunity for appeal. With few exceptions, the corporation's employees can be dismissed without recourse on almost momentary notice. The current 'lean and mean' transformation of the corporation seeks to extend this authoritarian rule beyond the boundaries of the corporation itself over far larger networks of organizations in ways that allow the corporation to consolidate its control while reducing its responsibility for the well-being of any member of the network." (p. 211)

See also: organizational totalitarianism, authoritarian character, management style

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  • Concept: authoritarianism
    • preferred: authoritarianism
    • alternate: authoritarian rule
    • definition: dominance through threat of punishment and violence
    • related: organizational_totalitarianism
    • related: authoritarian_character
    • broader: management_style
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    • keyword-203
    • linked content:
      • sense: absolutism
      • sense: despotism
      • sense: tyranny
      • absolutism
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: dominance through threat of punishment and violence
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      • synset id: 114443912
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