Reorganizing Organizational Politics Research: A Review of the Literature and Identification of Future Research Directions

Gerald R. Ferris, B. Parker Ellen, Charn P. McAllister, Liam P. Maher

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Abstract

Organizational politics has been an oft-studied phenomenon for nearly four decades. Prior reviews have described research in this stream as aligning with one of three categories: perceptions of organizational politics (POPs), political behavior, or political skill. We suggest that because these categories are at the construct level research on organizational politics has been artificially constrained. Thus, we suggest a new framework with higher-level categories within which to classify organizational politics research: political characteristics, political actions, and political outcomes. We then provide a broad review of the literature applicable to these new categories and discuss the possibilities for future research within each expanded category. Finally, we close with a discussion of future directions for organizational politics research across the categories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-323
Number of pages25
JournalAnnual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 21 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • influence tactics
  • Organizational politics
  • perceptions of organizational politics
  • political behavior
  • political skill
  • political will

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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