Systems practice

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 339–355 | Cite as

A typology of power supporting intervention

  • Robert L. Flood
  • Norma R. A. Romm


A typology of power is presented. The typology guides researchers/practitioners to the main concerns currently debated about power and its abuses. Possible ways of managing organisational issues explicitly dealing with power and abuses are explored. The typology forms threearenas of discourse to make this possible: structuralism, intersubjective decision making, and might-right management. Structuralism deals with issues surrounding organisational design and process design. Intersubjective decision making deals with issues surrounding processes of debate. Might-right management deals with issues surrounding disempowering social practices that impact on designing and debating. The arenas of discourse suggest ways, that differ, of understanding and managing a range of issues related to the operation of power. This is part of a wider project called Diversity Management, which in turn is part of Critical Systems Thinking.

Key words

typology of power managing power Diversity Management Critical Systems Thinking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Flood
    • 1
  • Norma R. A. Romm
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Systems Studies, School of ManagementUniversity of HullHullUK

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