Political influence compatibility: Fitting the person to the climate

Neil Christiansen, Peter Villanova, Shawn Mikulay

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This study investigated a person-climate fit model in order to explain the effect of organizational politics on work attitudes. A unique index of compatibility was developed based on the congruence between preferences for political influence processes and those processes perceived to be prevalent in the employment context. A survey of 138 non academic employees of a large public university, representing a variety of jobs, demonstrated that political influence compatibility was clearly related to a wide range of work attitudes (e.g. satisfaction with co-workers, trust in management, evaluation of self). Directions for future research investigating PIC and potential applications of political influence compatibility in human resource management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-730
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997


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