SLHRD Professor, Park, co-publishes article on organizational empowerment

07/11/16

Dr. Sunyoung Park, assistant professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), co-authored an article published in the European Journal of Training and Development. The article, titled “Critical review on power in organizations: Empowerment in human resource development,” aims to analyze current practices and discuss empowerment based on theoretical perspectives on power in organizations.

The paper suggests an empowerment model based on the type of organizational culture and the role of human resource development in an organization. Dr. Park wrote the article with Dr. Sung Jun Jo, a professor and researcher at Gachon University in Seongnam, South Korea.

The authors examine three perspectives of power: the classic viewpoint, the Foucault critical view, and Lukes’ three-dimensional power. Foucault power stems from the French post-modernist Michel Foucault, who believed that power is everywhere and does not follow a structure. Lukes’ three dimensions of power, a theory developed by social theorist Steven Lukes, claims that power is exercised in three ways: decision-making power, non-decision-making power, and ideological power.

By reviewing Foucault and Lukes’ theories, Dr. Park and Dr. Jo attempted to analyze and discuss issues regarding employee empowerment based on the structural classic viewpoint of power.

See: Jo, S., & Park, S. (2016). Critical review on power in organizations: Empowerment in human resource development. European Journal of Training and Development, 40(6), 390-406.

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