Handbook of Organizational Politics
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Handbook of Organizational Politics

9781843769958 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Eran Vigoda-Gadot, Professor of Public Administration and Management, Division of Public Administration and Policy, School of Political Science, University of Haifa and Amos Drory, Professor Emeritus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Publication Date: 2006 ISBN: 978 1 84376 995 8 Extent: 392 pp
This exciting Handbook offers a broad perspective on the intriguing phenomena of power, influence and politics in the modern workplace, their meaning for individuals, groups and other organizational stakeholders, and their effect on organizational outcomes and performances.

The contributors illustrate the fact that organizational politics has many facets and definitions, all relating to the use of personal or aggregate power in influencing others and better achieving goals in the workplace.

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This exciting Handbook offers a broad perspective on the intriguing phenomena of power, influence and politics in the modern workplace, their meaning for individuals, groups and other organizational stakeholders, and their effect on organizational outcomes and performances.

The contributors illustrate the fact that organizational politics has many facets and definitions, all relating to the use of personal or aggregate power in influencing others and better achieving goals in the workplace. However, politics in organizations is difficult to study, as neither employees nor management are keen to divulge the political secrets and dynamics that help them to promote their own ideas and goals and to advance in the workplace. In the face of this challenge, the Handbook presents a comprehensive collection of original studies and theoretical discussions from across the globe. Providing a starting point for new research in the area, issues dealt with include:

• politics, personality and leadership
• ethics, fairness and prospects of trust in workplace politics
• organizational politics and employees’ well-being
• strategy, change and decision-making as a political process
• human resource management and consulting in a political sphere.

Offering a fresh and up-to-date take on the topic, this highly original Handbook will be a fascinating read for academics, students and researchers in the fields of management and organizational behavior. The wide range of perspectives presented in this book, written by some of the leading scholars and researchers in the field, will also be invaluable to practitioners in management and to individuals in organizations who require a better understanding of the meaning of power and influence in the modern workplace.
Contributors
Contributors: S. Albrecht, C.D. Beugré, A.I. Boogers-van Griethuijsen, R.L. Brouer, D. Butcher, C.-H. Chang, S. Chen, M. Clarke, R. Cropanzano, M. Dana Laird, A. Drory, Y. Dryzin-Amit, B.J.M. Emans, G.R. Ferris, D.C. Gilmore, R.T. Golembiewski, J. Gunn, J.R.B. Halbesleben, A.T. Hall, W.A. Hochwarter, K. James, M.K. Kacmar, R.W. Kolodinsky, R. Kurchner-Hawkins, P.E. Levy, A. Li, Y. Liu, P.R. Liverpool, J.P. Meriac, R. Miller, P.L. Perrewé, L.M. Prati, C. Provis, C.C. Rosen, A.M. Sorge, J.I. Stoker, D.C. Treadway, E. Vigoda-Gadot, P.D. Villanova, A.R. Wheeler, L.A. Witt, N. Zaidmam
Contents
Contents:

Preface: Challenges and New Frontiers for Organizational Politics in Modern Worksites
Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Amos Drory

PART I: THE INDIVIDUAL’S PERSPECTIVE: POLITICS, PERSONALITY, AND LEADERSHIP
1. Organizational Politics, Leadership and Performance in Modern Public Worksites: A Theoretical Framework
Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Yinnon Dryzin-Amit

2. Agreeableness and Extraversion as Moderators of the Political Influence Compatability–Work Outcomes Relationship
John P. Meriac and Peter D. Villanova

3. Personality and Politics Perceptions: A New Conceptualization and Illustration Using OCBs
Christopher C. Rosen, Chu-Hsiang Chang and Paul E. Levy

4. Antecedents, Processes and Outcomes of Collective (Group-Level) Politics in Organizations
Keith James

5. The Politics of Impression Management in Organizations: Contextual Effects
Amos Drory and Nurit Zaidman

PART II: ETHICS AND JUSTICE: VALUES, FAIRNESS AND THE POSSIBILITIES FOR TRUST IN WORKPLACE POLITICS
6. Organizational Politics, Definition and Ethics
Chris Provis

7. The Direct and Indirect Influence of Organizational Politics on Organizational Support, Trust and Commitment
Simon Albrecht

8. Politics as Determinant of Fairness Perceptions in Organizations
Constant D. Beugré and Patrick R. Liverpool

PART III: EMOTIONS AND STRESS: ORGANIZATIONAL POLITICS AND EMPLOYEES’ WELL-BEING
9. Organizational Politics and Workplace Stress
Russell Cropanzano and Andrew Li

10. The Emotion of Politics and the Politics of Emotions: Affective and Cognitive Reactions to Politics as a Stressor
Yongmei Liu, Gerald R. Ferris, Darren C. Treadway, Melita L. Prati, Pamela L. Perrewé and Wayne A. Hochwarter

11. The Strain-Related Reactions to Perceptions of Organizational Politics as a Workplace Stressor: Political Skills as a Neutralizer
Robyn L. Brouer, Gerald R. Ferris, Wayne A. Hochwarter, Mary Dana Laird and David C. Gilmore

PART IV: SYSTEMS AND PERFORMANCE: STRATEGY, CHANGE AND DECISION MAKING AS A POLITICAL PROCESS
12. A Micro-Political Perspective of Strategic Management
Jane Gunn and Stephen Chen

13. Organizational Politics: Affective Reactions, Cognitive Assessments and their Influence on Organizational Commitment and Cynicism Toward Change
Simon Albrecht

14. The Relationship Between Perceptions of Politics, Social Support, Withdrawal and Performance
Jonathan R.B. Halbesleben and Anthony R. Wheeler

15. Competing Perspectives on the Role of Understanding in the Politics Perceptions–Job Performance Relationship: A Test of the ‘Antidote’ versus ‘Distraction’ Hypotheses
Wayne A. Hochwarter, Robert W. Kolodinsky, Lawrence A. Witt, Angela T. Hall, Gerald R. Ferris and Michele K. Kacmar

16. The Symbiosis of Organizational Politics and Organizational Democracy
David Butcher and Martin Clarke

PART V: THE PROFESSIONALS’ PERSPECTIVE: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING IN A POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT
17. Speaking Truth to Power: Three Perspectives on Consultation
Robert T. Golembiewski

18. Twelve Foundations for the Power Position of Consultants
Astrid I. Boogers-van Griethuijsen, Ben J.M. Emans, Janka I. Stoker and Arndt M. Sorge

19. Organizational Politics: Building Positive Political Strategies in Turbulent Times
Ronnie Kurchner-Hawkins and Rima Miller

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