Office politics, known also as organisational politics, can be defined as covert, informal, unofficial, behind-the-scenes actions, processes, and disingenuous behaviour. It is engaged in to enhance professional careers, sell ideas, influence events, acquire power and authority, achieve personal aims and maximise self-interest often at the expense of others. It is self-serving behaviour, arising from competition to get more than your fair share of scarce resources.
About the Author
Samuel A Malone is a self-employed training consultant, lecturer and author. He is the author of 21 books published in Ireland, the UK and abroad on learning, personal development, study skills and business management. Some of his books have gone into foreign translations and second editions. He has an M.Ed. with distinction (in training and development) from the University of Sheffield and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Chartered Secretary (ACIS). He is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (FIITD).