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Politics and image in the organizational landscape An empirical examination among public sector employees Eran Vigoda-Gadot, Hedva Vinarski-Peretz and Eyal Ben-Zion Department of Political Science, The University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel Keywords Organizational politics, Organizational pro®les, Job analysis, Public sector organizations Abstract This paper reports on two separate studies (S1, n = 169; S2, n = 224) that were designed to examine the relationship between organizational image, perceptions of workplace politics, and an additional set of job related variables (i.e. job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and job autonomy). The paper suggests that perceptions of politics have never been examined in relation to organizational image, despite the fact that both concepts are closely related to more general ideas of climate and atmosphere in and around the workplace. For this purpose, a structural equation modeling with LISREL 8.30 was used to compare three alternative models in each of the studies. Findings reveal that the ®rst model, where perceptions of politics function as antecedents of satisfaction and commitment that have an impact on organizational image, ®tted the data best. The article concludes that perceptions of politics may have an important initial impact on the formation of organizational image via other job attitudes. Relevant implications for future studies in this area are discussed. Introduction Organizations are political entities where power and in¯uence play a substantial role in shaping relationships and behaviors among employees and other stakeholders. Organizational politics is a general name that denotes power relations and in¯uence tactics in and around the workplace (Mintzberg, 1983; Pfeffer, 1992). As many studies have shown, politics is actually an inherent part of every organization (Gandz and Murray, 1980; Medison et al ., 1980), but there are major differences among organizations in the level and intensity of politics. These differences may generate quite distinctive organizational outcomes such as variations in employees’ performance appraisals (Tziner, 1999), a particular atmosphere, climate, reputation, and image in the eyes of internal or multiple stakeholders (Drory, 1993; Sussman et al ., 2002; Poon, 2003). This paper hopes to extend the knowledge about the meaning of perceptions of politics by examining their potential effect on organizational image. Image is conceptualized here as perceptions towards the stability of the organization and its reputation, the quality of its outputs and outcomes, and the organization’s The Emerald Research Register for this journal is available at The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at JMP 18,8 764 Journal of Managerial Psychology Vol. 18 No. 8, 2003 pp. 764-787 q MCB UP Limited 0268-3946 DOI 10.1108/02683940310511872
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