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A Summary of Research on Office Politics

What is organizational politics? What factors influence people to see their workplace as politicized? What are the consequences of this kind of perception? These questions have been researched for more than 20 years. The purpose of this article is to summarize some of this research.


Political Types at Work

Office politics is a fact of work life. But, what is office politics? As might be expected, people give different responses to this question depending upon their psychological type preferences. This paper explores these type effects by asking two basic questions. First, how do the different types perceive office politics generally? Second, how do the different types perceive themselves as acting politically at work


Type, Machiavellianism, and Self-Efficacy at Playing Office Politics

This article (pdf) examines the relationship between psychological type, Machivellianism and self-efficacy at playing office politics. The paper suggests no relationship between psychological type and Machiavellianism. However, preferences for Extraversion and Thinking appear to relate to greater self-efficacy at playing office politics.


 An Exercise for Exploring the Relationship Between Jungian Psychological Types and Organizational Politics

A short conference paper (pdf) describing a training exercise that can be used to discuss the relationships between type and organizational politics.


An Exercise for Exploring the Relationship Between Jungian Psychological Types and Political Style in the Workplace

A short conference paper (pdf) describing a training exercise that can be used to discuss how one's type preferences might influence the kinds of tactics one uses to play office politics.


Two Exercises for Exploring the Relationships among Jungian Psychological Types, Organizational Ideals, and Organizational Politics Perceptions

An article published in the Journal of Management Education.  The article may be purchased on the journal's website or accessed via Ebsco Host from libraries which subscribe to this service.


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