General Society

Question 1

Discussion 1-200 words min

The concept of power is central to the critical approach. Robert French and Bertram Raven further clarify this focus by outlining five types of power (reward, coercive, referent, expert, and legitimate).

  • Define each type of power in your own words.
  • Provide a detailed example of each from your workplace or general society.
  • Support your points with text material.

Discussion 2-200 words min

What modes of being are encouraged by critical approaches to organizations? As a critical student of organizational life, what is the issue or problem you are most concerned with in your organization? Explain how that issue or problem is a result of ideology, hegemony, or coercive control. What can you do to transform that issue or problem based on critical theory? Provide specific examples, explanations and support with information from the textbook.


Eisenberg, E. M. (2010). Organizational communication: Balancing creativity and constraint.

Question 2


  • The video clip “Thinking on the Job” in the Webtext this week illustrates the importance of critical thinking, especially in work contexts. Define the concept of critical thinking in your own words. Discuss a time in either your work or personal life in which you needed to be able to use critical thinking to either solve a problem or acquire a skill.
  • Determine the manner in which you would show a potential employer that you possess solid critical thinking skills. Give your opinion on whether or not you believe that individuals can increase their critical thinking skills. If you believe that they can, explain certain steps that individuals can take to improve this skill.
  • One page


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