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Organizational Politics

These days, the term politics has become a four-letter word for many, in part because it represents a fraternity that spends more time defending itself than abiding by its dictionary definition: “activities associated with government.” The word has evolved to mean the relational dynamics associated with influencing and governing—be it a country or a company—that become the currency of executing and trading favors and fostering opinions.

Rex C. Mitchell, Ph.D., professor at the Department of Management at California State University, observes that organizational politics, while neutral until touched ...


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In this lesson, you’ll learn why organizational politics are a critical professional skill. You’ll understand why so many people view politics as a destructive part of organizational life, and begin to discover how politics practiced constructively can help you succeed in your job.