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Handbook of Organizational Politics

Handbook of Organizational Politics

SECOND EDITION Looking Back and to the Future

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Amos Drory

The Handbook of Organizational Politics offers a broad perspective on the intriguing phenomena of power, influence and politics in the modern workplace; their meaning for individuals, groups and other organizational stakeholders; and their effect on organizational outcomes and performances. Comprising entirely of new chapters and insights, this second edition revisits the theory on organizational politics (OP) and examines its progress and changes in emphasis in recent years. This timely and informative book provides a comprehensive set of state-of–the-art studies on workplace politics based on experiences from around the world. The contributors highlight topics such as political skills, political will, politics and leadership, compensations, politics and performance, and politics and learning climate.

Chapter 6: How social media can impact the organizational political process

Gordon B. Schmidt

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, organisation studies


While organizational politics is seen as an inherent part of work life to date, little research has examined how technology can impact the organizational process. One important technology influencing how people communicate is online social media, websites and applications that allow users to create and exchange content. This chapter describes how online social media can be used as a channel for workers to engage in organizational political behaviors. Online social media are also discussed as an information source for workers in perceptions of politics at their organization. Testable propositions are made for both. Future research directions for understanding the use of social media in the organizational politics process are discussed.

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