Edited by Susan Vinnicombe, Ronald J. Burke, Stacy Blake-Beard and Lynda L. Moore
Chapter 9: Organizational politics: the missing link to women’s progression into managerial roles
This chapter examines a neglected factor in women’s managerial roles: organizational politics. Worldwide, women remain underrepresented at top levels of organizations (Vinnicombe et al., 2008). While women are still missing from the top ranks, politics are increasingly important for accessing and performing in managerial roles. Current research on organizational politics alerts us to the importance of politics for career progression and managerial effectiveness (Douglas and Ammeter, 2004; Semadar et al., 2006). Surprisingly little scholarly work has tried to understand how organizational politics affect women’s careers, particularly in managerial roles. A handful of studies in this area point to a certain distaste for politics among women; yet others conclude that women do not lack the ability to engage in politics or display political skill, particularly in senior managerial positions.
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