Article

The Influence of Organizational Politics on Performance Appraisal

Gary P. Latham and Silvia Dello Russo

in The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199234738
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199234738.003.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 The Influence of Organizational Politics on Performance Appraisal

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Theory and Behaviour

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Political behaviors in organizations consist of self-serving actions taken by an individual or group. They are directed toward the goal of furthering one's own self-interest without regard for the wellbeing of others in the organization. Such actions are informal and, as part of an organization's culture, regulate interpersonal relationships. The fact that the politics inherent in organizational behavior affect an employee's appraisal was noted more than a quarter of a century ago by behavioral scientists. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of systematic research on this subject. Thus, the purpose of this article is fourfold. First, the phenomenon of organizational politics is described. Second, studies on the relationship between political behavior and appraising employees are reviewed. Third, steps to minimizing its adverse effects on the appraisal of employees are outlined. Finally, a research agenda is suggested.

Keywords: political behaviors; wellbeing; interpersonal relationships; organizational behavior; employee's appraisal

Article.  9760 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.