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Title: Authority in Work Organizations
Authors: Sudhir Kakar
Issue/Year: Oct-1977
Section: Research
Abstract: Authority can be defined as a relationship between two individuals-superior and subordinate. The superiority and subordinacy lies not in individual characters but in the organizational hierarchy. Ideologies of authority can be divided into three categories: (1) parental ideologies; (2) professional ideologies; and (3) fraternal ideologies. The author finds that in Indian work organizations parental ideologies in general and the assertive superior in particular dominate authority relations. He concludes that no simple statement about the work behaviour of subordinates in different types of authority relationships can be made since it is a function of several variables.
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