Can the political frame unravel the secret of the group’s phenomenal performance? Possibly group members were motivated more by power than by money:“There’s a big high in here somewhere for me that I don’t fully understand. Some of it’s a raw power trip. The reason I work is because I win” (p. 179). They were encouraged to circumvent formal channels to advance group interests:“If you can’t get what you need from some manager at your level in another department, go to his boss—that’s the way to get things done”(p. 191).

Source: Reframing Organization

  • Are you sure that's "some of it's"? That doesn't look right though. I can't see the referenced page.
    – Cardinal
    Commented May 20, 2019 at 5:20
  • Yes, I am. Click on the link I gave, you'll see it near the end of the page.
    – haile
    Commented May 20, 2019 at 9:39

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The word raw here is being used according to definition 4 c, meaning "not tempered : unbridled." And power trip is defined as "something that a person does for the pleasure of using power to control other people."

So a "raw power trip" is something that someone does for the sheer pleasure of using power over others without any restraints (that's the "raw" or unbridled part).

In the context of your quote, the author is trying to explain why they enjoy their work. They say that "there's a big high," meaning a feeling of exhilaration or euphoria, but they do not "completely understand" the source of that euphoria. However, "some of it" (meaning the euphoria) is caused by this raw power trip.

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