The Gender Differences in the Relationship between Perceptions of Organizational Politics and Work Performance

By Mahmood Ahmad Bodla and Rizwan Qaiser Danish.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Organizational politics has dysfunctional outcomes for individuals, groups, or organizations. Gender differences exist in job attributes and studies indicate that male and female employees have different perceptions of their roles. As a result, men and women can experience different levels of perceptions regarding organizational politics. This study provides an empirical assessment of the gender differences in perceptions of organizational politics (POP) and its relationship with job satisfaction, organizational commitment, job involvement, job stress and turnover intentions. Data was collected from respondents of a large institute of management who were enrolled in evening classes and work during day time. Response rate was 85% comprising of 256 usable responses out of 300. The result of the study showed that perceptions of organizational politics differ significantly for males and females. Specifically, women perceived a higher level of politics in their workplace and reported higher levels of stress, lower levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment and job involvement than did male employees who perceived a low level of organizational politics. These results are consistent with previous research but in a non western context. Implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Gender, Organizational Politics, Work Performance, Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment, Job Involvement, Stress, Turnover Intentions

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 809.306KB).

Dr. Mahmood Ahmad Bodla

Director, Management Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Sahiwal, Pakistan

Dr. Mahmood A. Bodla is currently working as the Director of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Sahiwal, Pakistan. Earlier, he has served as Chairman, Department of Management Sciences at CIIT, a multi- campuses institute of higher learning in Pakistan. He started his academic career, 30 years ago, as the Chairman of Department of Business Administration at Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan. Since then he has served various reputable national institutions such as the University of Lahore, National University of Science and Technology, Rawalpindi, and American Institute of Management Sciences, Lahore. He has earned MBA degree from Punjab University, Lahore, MS in Operations Research and Ph.D. in Econometrics from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. He has presented about 45 conference papers, case studies and research publications in the areas of econometrics, human resource management and change management. He has also got a considerable experience in management consultancy.

Rizwan Qaiser Danish

PhD Scholar, Department of Management Sciences, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan

Mr. Rizwan Qaiser Danish is currently working in the Department of Management Sciences, Virtual University of Pakistan as Instructor in HRM. He did his MBA from Shah Abdul Latif University with distinction and MS from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore. He served College of Management Sciences and Information Technology for three and half years in business management subjects. He attended different international conferences and seminars on management.


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