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Title: Exploring the relationship between organizational politics and women's access to power in the workplace : an action research inquiry
Author: Chadwick, Dagmar
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2019
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This study explored ways in which professional women could effectively engage in political behaviour within environments dominated by men, with the objective of increasing their informal and formal power at work. Action research was employed as the method of accomplishing this, enabling study participants to enact various initiatives in their efforts to positively affect the efficacy of their political engagement. This enabled the collection of qualitative data through action learning sets and individual interviews, which provides insights into women's political will and skill within male-dominated contexts. Central to this study was a six-member action learning set whose members credited their participation in this project with changes in their perceptions of organizational politics, a clearer understanding of how to engage politically, and for three of the six, increased levels of professional power and visibility. Based on the experiences of these learning set members, this research project offers women working within similar circumstances potential strategies that may be employed to more effectively engage in political activity to enhance their power and influence. Additionally, this study produced recommendations for organizations seeking to assist professional women in securing greater authority, visibility, and attain higher-level leadership positions. This includes suggestions about how to ungender organizations, identifying women's motivations to engage in political behaviours, and normalizing organizational politics as an accepted way of accomplishing goals. From an academic perspective, this project aligns with previous research on this topic by supporting the theory that a relationship exists between political will and skill and offers insights into the use of action research as a means of generating knowledge and creating change.
Supervisor: Rigg, Clare ; Lupina-Wegener, Anna Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.B.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral