SECOND EDITION Looking Back and to the Future
Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Amos Drory
Organizational politics (OP) has been a field of intensive and fruitful academic writing and research for more than four decades. According to the Web of Science (May 2015), to date more than 2000 articles have been published in scientific peer-review journals of the social sciences (and related fields), covering a wide variety of issues related to the dynamics of power and influence in the workplace. These topics include a long list of aspects that have been studied over the years with considerable success and noteworthy achievements. What has been studied in this area so far? A partial list includes, inter alia, (1) approaches to its definition and conceptual framework; (2) multilevel approaches to OP, inter-personal, inter-departmental, and inter-organizational work politics; (3) personality and OP; (4) patterns of influence tactics and reasoning for the emergence of OP; (5) development and measurements of political skills; (6) political skill and political will in critical decision-making processes; (7) negative and positive implications of OP; (8) work and non-work politics; are they related? (9) OP and performance; (10) cross-cultural and cross-sectoral meanings of OP; (11) coalitions and politics in organizations; (12) ingratiation and impression management; (13) OP, stress, strain and burnout; (14) OP in state offices and in public administration; (15) OP and state-level political behavior; (16): OP, fairness, and justice; (17) OP and leadership.