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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 8: Learning culture and organizational politics: a theoretical model and preliminary test of their impact on effective organizational auditing

Moshe Mizrahi, Dana R. Vashdi and Eran Vigoda-Gadot

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, organisation studies


In recent decades, internal auditing has become an integral part of every modern organization, ensuring high performance, quality standards, efficiency, effectiveness and, even more so, proper behavior and moral standards among organizational members. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of perceptions of organizational politics on the relationship between organizational learning culture and the effectiveness of the internal audit in municipal authorities. Using data from 426 employees and managers from 44 Israeli municipalities, we determined that the value of issue orientation was related to the effectiveness of the audit, but that perceptions of organizational politics moderated that relationship. As perceptions of organizational politics increased, the relationship between the extent to which an organization is seen to value issue orientation and the effectiveness of the internal audit weakened. Practical implications and policy-related conclusions are also discussed.

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