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Office politics is covert, informal and behind-the-scenes actions. It is engaged in to enhance careers, sell ideas, influence events, acquire power, achieve personal aims and maximise self-interest.
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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).


  • About the Author
  • Introduction
  1. Office Politics (OP)
    1. Definition
    2. The Main Causes of OP
    3. Generic Sources Of Power – The PEAK Model
    4. The 4 Metaphors of Organisational Politics
    5. Types – Organisational Politics
    6. Types – Individual Politics
    7. Advantages of OP
    8. Disadvantages of OP
    9. Effects of OP
    10. Counteracting the Negative Effects of OP
  2. Political Awareness and Skills
    1. Baddley & James’ Model for Political Awareness
    2. Difference between Political & Commercial Awareness
    3. Political Savvy
    4. How Personality Shapes OP Behaviour
    5. How to Get Ahead in any Organisation
    6. Summary Learning Map of OP
    7. Conclusion
    8. Ten Activities to Help you Become More Politically Aware
  • Acknowledgements
  • References and Bibliography

About the Author

Samuel A. Malone

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).