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Organizational Politics
Organizational politics
KenHarrisK. Michele Kacmar

Like stress, politics is ubiquitous in organizations. Perhaps because of its omnipresence, agreement on a definition of politics is difficult to reach. There have been numerous definitions of organizational politics presented in the literature including an entire article devoted to defining the construct (Drory & Romm, 1990). Although a number of different aspects of the definition were discussed by Drory and Romm, they failed to offer their own definition. In a recent review piece, Kacmar and Baron (1999) drew on the work of Drory and Romm as well as other conceptualizations to arrive at the following definition: “Organizational politics involves actions by individuals which are directed toward the goal of furthering their own self-interests without regard for the well-being of ...

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