Organizational politics

Richard J. Badham

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Politics is the practice of power, and organizational politics the practice of power in organizations. This practice underlies and shapes the formal rationality and authoritative structures of organizational life. It occurs through the play of plural self-interested groups competing for resources; heavy-handed regimes of oppression imposed by dominant elites; insidious and subtle processes of establishing an unquestioned commercial hegemony over managers' and employees' hearts and minds; pervasive yet decentered sets of discursive practices and disciplinary powers constituting the subjectivity of organizational agents; and Machiavellian micropolitical strategies, tactics, and maneuvers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational encyclopedia of organization studies
EditorsStewart R. Clegg, James R Bailey
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, California
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781412915151
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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