Educational Achievements as a Determinant of an Individual’s Formal Power

  • Miha Marič University of Maribor, Faculty of Organizational Sciences
  • Mitja Jeraj JPO d.o.o.Maribor


The scope of this study is to define how educational achievements of individuals in Slovenia define their “formal power” in the organizations where they work. The study is based on theoretical definitions of the concepts of formal power and education. A total of 509 people from Slovenia over 30 years of age participated in the study. We recognized a certain influence of educational achievement on the formal position in the organizational hierarchy. The main predictor of an individual’s formal power in an organization is the individual’s last achieved level of formal education. The average grade for the final achieved level of formal education and the initiative regarding the search for additional education has much less of an impact on power than the highest level of education obtained. One of the most important practical implications is that education is one of the basic predispositions to having formal power but not necessarily always and not in every case.

Author Biographies

Miha Marič, University of Maribor, Faculty of Organizational Sciences

Miha Marič, Ph.D., is a researcher in the area of leadership, management, and organizational sciences. He is currently employed as a teaching assistant at the University of Maribor’s Faculty of Organizational Sciences and has a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. His research interests are power, leadership, organizational behavior, HRM, management, organization.

Mitja Jeraj, JPO d.o.o.Maribor

Mitja Jeraj, Ph.D., is a researcher in the area of entrepreneurship, management, and organizational sciences. His main research interests include entrepreneurship as a broad field of research, entrepreneurial personalities, relations between entrepreneurship and economic growth, relations between entrepreneurship and unemployment, connection between entrepreneurship and development of different sectors (e.g. sport) etc. His research also focuses on management in small and medium enterprises, on cost management, on development of the organization over time and on the educational system.

How to Cite
Marič, M., & Jeraj, M. (2014). Educational Achievements as a Determinant of an Individual’s Formal Power. Management:Journal Of Sustainable Business And Management Solutions In Emerging Economies, 19(72), 45-52. doi:10.7595/management.fon.2014.0022