The second volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology looks in detail at how teams and individuals function and perform. It covers motivation and organizational socialisation as well as the latest research into diversity and organizational culture in the workplace. Chapter topics include goal setting, employee development, team design and trust at work. Volume II is a key resource for anyone working in or studying organizational psychology.

Chapter 20: Politics in Organizations

Politics in Organizations

Politics in Organizations
Gerald R. Ferris John N. Harris Zachary A. Russell Liam P. Maher


In recent years, it has been widely accepted that politics are ubiquitous to all social entities, including work organizations. In response to this pervasiveness, scholarly examinations have increased dramatically, thus prompting politics research to assume status comparable to other well-established constructs in the organizational sciences. At this point in its evolution, acknowledging where the scholarly research has been and recommending where it needs to go is necessary to advance the field.

In pursuit of these objectives, we first provide a brief overview of organizational politics, paying particular attention to prominent issues that ...

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