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Power and Politics in Organizations: Is It Really That Bad?
Most of us think that “office politics” are bad and that political behavior is harmful to organizations. Some behavior that we consider political— backstabbing, deviousness, dishonestly, etc.—is wrong and can harm organizations.

However, not all political behavior in organizations is “devious” and wrong. In fact, not only is political behavior a normal aspect of social systems, but it also can play a vital role in productive organizational outcomes. This session will provide participants with a much deeper and useful understanding of political activity in organizations as well as insights regarding how they can enhance their own individual political acumen.

Dec 8, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Richard Ringer
Professor of Management, Department of Management and Quantative Methods @Illinois State University
Dr. Ringer is a Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods and Director of the Organizational Leadership Institute, both at Illinois State University. Prior to joining ISU in 1994, Dr. Ringer worked in Training and Development at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Dr. Ringer’s teaching areas include leadership, organizational behavior, and organizational change. His research interests include organizational leadership, management history, and organizational change. As director of the institute, Dr. Ringer’s responsibilities include managing a variety of leadership development programs and activities for both COB students as well as the local business community.