Politics and image in the organizational landscape: An empirical examination among public sector employees

Eran Vigoda-Gadot, Hedva Vinarski-Peretz, Eyal Ben-Zion

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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 first model, where perceptions of politics function as antecedents of satisfaction and commitment that have an impact on organizational image, fitted 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-787
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Managerial Psychology
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 2003


  • Job analysis
  • Organizational politics
  • Organizational profiles
  • Public sector organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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