Dr. John Maslyn, professor of management in the Massey College of Business, recently published a research study titled “When organizational politics matters: The effects of the perceived frequency and distance of experienced politics” in the Management and Social Sciences journal Human Relations. Colleagues from Wichita State University and University of Colorado-Denver co-authored the research.
The multi-sample study examined the effects of the frequency and psychological distance of positive and negative conceptualizations of perceived politics within work organizations on employees’ positive or negative judgments of such actions. Findings revealed that both positive and negative forms of organizational politics can be judged favorably by employees depending on the frequency, distance and purposes behind the political behavior and suggests that employees’ understanding of the workplace as a political environment helps them understand others and function successfully.
The study appears in the December 2017 issue.