Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effect of Political Skill on Perception of Organizational Politics and Work Withdrawal among Community College Employees
by Ross, David John, Ph.D., Walden University, 2014, 131; 3643215
Abstract (Summary)

Community college student support services are an important aspect of success among community college students. Theoretical and empirical models of organizational politics and withdrawal guided the expectation that community college employees who perceive their organizations as political may withdrawal from their organization, diminishing the services delivered to students at the institution. A multisite cross-sectional survey design was utilized to gather quantitative data via Survey Monkey from national professional organizations. Two-hundred seventeen usable surveys from community college administrators (executive, mid-level managers, and administrators) were gathered. Data were analyzed via correlation and regression models to examine if political skill reduced or moderated the relationship between perception of organizational politics and work withdrawal behaviors. Employee political skill was a partial antidote, reducing the effect of organizational politics on withdrawal behaviors, but there was not a significant interaction moderating effect. Recommendations include political skill training for community college administrators as part of their professional development program, as well as including graduate education components and new employee orientation programs. Such training could lead to positive social change in community college settings by increasing levels of service and job satisfaction and reducing attrition among community college administrators, leading to higher levels of community college student satisfaction and graduation rates.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Diebold, Charles T.
Commitee: Robbins, Brent, Schmidt, John K.
School: Walden University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Occupational psychology, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: College administrators, Community colleges, Employee political skill, Organizational politics, Political skill, Withdrawal behaviors
Publication Number: 3643215
ISBN: 9781321305548