Political behaviour in organizations is an acceptable and pervasive dimension of organization life. There is a growing body of literature that views organisational politics as central to our understanding of the workings of the organization.
The main objectives of the workshop are:
- To examine sources of power and influence and how these interplay with change agendas and programmes
- Analyse conflict and experience different techniques of dealing with difficult situations and the influence and political choices open to participants.
We provide a useful process of distinguishing between the purpose of the political act (outcomes), the behaviour itself (means deployed) and the relevant context (situational characteristics). This enables us to conclude that organisational politics occurs when goal attainment is sought by informal, rather than formal means of influence in the face of potential conflict. Therefore, participants will explore how they influence change utilising political strategies.