Organizational political climate: shared perceptions about the building and use of power bases

Landells, Erin and Albrecht, Simon L. 2013, Organizational political climate: shared perceptions about the building and use of power bases, Human resource management review, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 357-365, doi: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2012.06.014.

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Title Organizational political climate: shared perceptions about the building and use of power bases
Author(s) Landells, Erin
Albrecht, Simon L.ORCID iD for Albrecht, Simon L.
Journal name Human resource management review
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 357
End page 365
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-12
ISSN 1053-4822
Keyword(s) organizational politics
political climate
perceptions of organizational politics
positive politics
Summary Organizational politics continues to be acknowledged as a real and important dimension of organizational functioning. Most research has focused on 'perceptions of organizational politics' where organizational politics is conceptualized negatively and its relationship with detrimental individual and organizational outcomes is demonstrated. We argue that organizational politics can be conceptualized as a multi-dimensional climate level construct and that 'organizational political climate' can be both functional and dysfunctional. We propose and explain a four dimensional model of organizational political climate informed by existing theoretical perspectives on power bases. The four key dimensions are represented by the building and use of personal power, positional power, connection power and informational power. We also highlight the need for a comprehensive measure of organizational political climate which is underpinned by the four dimensions and which enables an assessment of the extent to which the organizational political climate is functional and/or dysfunctional. In summary, we recommend that HR practitioners seek to understand the functional and dysfunctional dimensions of organizational political climate and implement practices to foster a positive political climate. We overview practical implications for HR managers and suggest a future research agenda.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.hrmr.2012.06.014
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
1503 Business And Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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