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Navigating the ,Shark Tank'. Power Games and micropolitical Competence in Academia

| Thu, Feb. 06, 2024, 09:00 - 12:30

| Wed, Feb. 07, 2024, 09:00 - 12:30

| Fri, Feb. 09, 2024, 09:00 - 12:30

News from Dec 19, 2023

Are you navigating the ‚shark tank‘, just trying to survive, do you feel like a ‚shark‘ yourself, or are you actually placed in a peaceful ‚goldfish pond‘? Concerning social interactions, research environ¬ments may vary a great deal! This workshop series provides you important knowledge to grasp manifestations of the everyday uses of power in organizations and the „games“ played in your own environment – and perhaps to navigate in more sucessful ways.

In Germany and elsewhere researchers are embedded in specific hierarchical constellations. Regardless of their position at the top, middle or lower levels of their organiza­tion, sometimes they meet irritating and even incomprehensible behavior and outcomes: formal regulations may be bypassed, expertise and institutionally defined responsi­bility may turn out to be unim­portant when decisions are taken, rival camps may impede reasonable cooperation, etc.

Some processes involving power games are perceived as unproductive, frustrating or even annoying. However, experience also tells us that difficult situations can be mastered by analyzing the dynamics of key situations and of the players‘ interests involved, by skillful com­munica­tion and, generally, by a power-conscious approach.

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