This paper describes an original exercise developed to apply resource dependence theory (RDT) in an interesting and educational series of role plays. The exercise creates simulated negotiations between a fast-food sandwich shop and various supply vendors, where student actors representing these entities experience the dynamics between dependence and power. Complete theoretical background on RDT is followed by step-by-step instructions and processing information. Pre- and post-assessments, student reactions, and a photo-ready hand-out of the activity are also provided.
Schwalb, Pamela G.; Leavitt, Rose M.; Barbuto, John E. Jr.; Millard, Michele; and Peetz, Robbe
"Jenny Jan’s dilemma: applying the principles
of resource dependence theory to vendor
Organization Management Journal: Vol. 8:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarship.shu.edu/omj/vol8/iss1/6