Rationality and power

Brad C. Anderson

Learning Objectives

In this chapter, you will learn:

  • How rationality enables and constrains action
  • How individuals may overcome the constraining nature of social structures
  • How rationality and power interact


“We see things as we are” by Brad C. AndersonDeveloping organizational and managerial wisdomKwantlen Polytechnic University is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 / A derivative from the original work.


This chapter explores how rationality works as a social structure to enable and constrain actions. It then explores how people can overcome their constraining effects. Then, this chapter presents a discussion of how rationality and power interact.


NOTE This chapter ties together concepts from Chapter III (Critical Realism), Chapter V (Rationality), and Chapter VI (Power) and then relates them to Appendix 1 (A case study). You may wish to bookmark these chapters for easy reference as you read through the following sections. 


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