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What exactly does organizational politics mean to you? Is it "good" or "bad"? And why?

Applying relevant OB theory, what do you see- as a manager or leader-as the specific advantages and disadvantages of using political behaviour, or organizational politics, in getting work done?

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Organizational politics are informal, unofficial, and sometimes behind-the scenes efforts to sell ideas, influence an organization, increase power, or achieve other targeted objectives.

It is neither inherently good nor bad, neither vile nor virtuous. Two conditions determine whether organizational politics become constructive or destructive:

1. Whether the targeted objectives are for the company's interest or only self-interests; and

2. Whether the influence efforts used to achieve those objectives have integrity or not.

If a high level of political prowess resides with individuals of questionable integrity who seek their own personal gain, ambition, or security, then organizational politics harm careers and companies. But political savvy and skill can also help ethical, competent people sell ideas and influence others for the good of organizations.

Here's why we've found it more helpful to define politics in this value-free way:

1. "Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater." If you define politics in a narrow, negative way, you may overlook the value of political awareness and skill. If political astuteness is combined with the right values, it can be a win-win situation for you, your team, and your ...

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What exactly does organizational politics mean to you? Is it "good" or "bad"? And why?

Applying relevant OB theory, what do you see- as a manager or leader-as the specific advantages and disadvantages of using political behaviour, or organizational politics, in getting work done?

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