Politics in Organizations
Theory and Research Considerations
Edited by Gerald R. Ferris, Darren C. Treadway
Routledge – 2012 – 656 pages
This edited volume in the SIOP Frontiers series is one of the first to look at the psychological factors behind politics and power in organizations. Noted contributors from schools of management, psychology, sociology and political science look at the theory, research, methodology and ethical issues related to organizational politics and climates. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 looks at the historical evolution of the field; Part 2 integrates organizational politics with important organizational behavior constructs and/or areas of inquiry, for example in the chapter by Lisa Leslie and Michele Gelfand which discusses the implications of cross-cultural politics on expatriates and within cross-national mergers; and Part 3 focuses on individual differences and organizational politics, focusing on the nature of political relationships.
'This book represents an important contribution to a timely – and often underappreciated -- topic in the field of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology: organizational politics. The editors have assembled a superb array of scholars that, collectively, cover a very broad range of subject areas in this domain and provide fresh insights from both conceptual and research perspectives. The book is a "must" for anyone – scholar or practitioner alike -- who wants to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the critical role that politics plays in organizational settings.' - Lyman W. Porter, University of California, Irvine, USA
'Power is an important topic in the organizational sciences. This compendium not only brings together what we know about politics in organizations from a variety of perspectives, it helps set a research agenda for the future. Ferris and Treadway have done a fantastic job in organizing the field, recruiting great chapters, and publishing the resource on organizational power and politics.' - Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and author of Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t.
'Politics in Organizations presents the good—yes, the good—the bad and the ugly—all true—about how human organizations work in human ways. The chapters are very thorough and frequently truly insightful, shedding much needed light on this largely ignored but very interesting take on human organizational functioning. The implications are wide-spread and suggest many avenues for important future research. And practitioners, of course, will empathize with what the book has to say and may find useful hints for how to deal with the politics they encounter.' - Benjamin Schneider, Senior Research Fellow, Valtera
'The study of organizational politics has had a rich history, but has not been integrated into the breadth of organizational behavior literature. In this volume, Ferris and Treadway pull together esteemed scholars who integrate the pervasive issue of organizational politics into a broad realm of organizational behavioral phenomena. This book is sure to revitalize the study of political behavior in organizations.' - Adrienne Colella, President, SIOP, James McFarland Distinguished Chair in Business, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
E. Salas, Series Foreword. Part 1. Construct Specification, Theory Development, and Methodological Considerations. G.R. Ferris, D.C. Treadway, Organizational Politics: History, Construct Specification, and Research Directions. W.A. Hochwarter, The Positive Side of Organizational Politics. M.G. Pratt, D.A. Lepisto, Politics in Perspective(s): On the Theoretical Challenges and Opportunities in Organizational Politics. L.A. McFarland, C.H. Van Iddekinge, R.E. Ployhart, Measurement and Methodology in Organizational Politics Research. Part 2. Critical Research Issues in Organizational Politics. M.L. Ambrose, It's Fairly Political around Here: The Relationship between Perceptions of Organizational Politics and Organizational Justice. M.C. Bolino, W.H. Turnley, Organizational Citizenship Behavior: A Review of the Political Perspective. B.J. Tepper, M.K. Duffy, D.M. Breaux-Soignet, Abusive Supervision as Political Activity: Distinguishing Impulsive and Strategic Expressions of Downward Hostility. P.L. Perrewé, C.C. Rosen, C. Maslach, Organizational Politics and Stress: The Development of a Process Model. L.R. James, R. Meyer, How Organizational Climates Reflect the Political Motives of Those in Power. E. Vigoda-Gadot, D. Vashdi, Politics in and Around Teams: Toward a Team-Level Conceptualization of Organizational Politics. F.J. Yammarino, M.D. Mumford, Leadership and Organizational Politics: A Multi-Level Review and Framework for Pragmatic Deals. D.J. Brass, D.M. Krackhardt, Power, Politics, and Social Networks in Organizations. R.A. Baron, S. Lux, G.L. Adams, B.T. Lamont, Organizational Politics in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. L.M. Leslie, M.J. Gelfand, The Cultural Psychology of Social Influence: Implications for Organizational Politics. Part 3. Individual Differences in Organizational Politics. A.C. Charles, S.M. Nkomo, The Intersection of Race and Politics: A Framework for Racialized Organizational Politics Perceptions. G.R. Ferris, D.C. Treadway, R.L. Brouer, T.P. Munyon, Political Skill in the Organizational Sciences. D.C. Treadway, Political Will in Organizations. L.A. Witt, P.E. Spector, Personality and Reactions to Organizational Politics.
Gerald R. Ferris is the Francis Eppes Professor of Management and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. Ferris received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ferris is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Society. He has research interests in the areas of social and political influence in organizations, the nature and consequences of personal reputation in organizations, the underlying dimensions and characterization of work relationships, and particularly how politics, reputation, and work relationships play key roles in human resources management practices. Ferris is the author of numerous articles published in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review. He founded, and served as editor of, the annual series, Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management from its origin in 1981 until 2003. Ferris has authored or edited a number of books including Political Skill at Work, Handbook of Human Resource Management, Strategy and Human Resources Management, and Method & Analysis in Organizational Research. Ferris has been the recipient of a number of distinctions and honors. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Heneman Career Achievement Award, and in 2010 he received the Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award, both from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management. Ferris has consulted on a variety of human resources topics with companies including ARCO, Borg-Warner, Eli Lilly, Motorola, and PPG, and he has taught in management development programs and lectured in Austria, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan, in addition to various U.S. universities.
Darren C. Treadway is Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received a Ph.D. from Florida State University (2003) and an MBA from Virginia Tech (1996). Dr. Treadway’s research interests include social influence processes in organizations, with particular reference to organizational politics, political skill, and leadership. His research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Human Relations. He has co-authored 27 articles and 13 book chapters. His research has twice been awarded the Emerald Publishing as a Citation of Excellence as one of the top 50 business publications. Prior to his employment with SUNY, Professor Treadway was on faculty at the University of Mississippi where he was twice named the Researcher of the Year. His cumulative contributions earned him the 2009 SUNY at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar Award. Before entering returning to academics, Dr. Treadway was employed as a Divisional Director of Operations and a Training Manager.