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Political Influence Compatibility: Fitting the Person to the Climate

Neil Christiansen, Peter Villanova and Shawn Mikulay
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Vol. 18, No. 6 (Nov., 1997), pp. 709-730
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3100256
Page Count: 22
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Political Influence Compatibility: Fitting the Person to the Climate
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Abstract

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.

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