An investigation of the relationship between managers' political skill and their likelihood of career derailment: A quantitative analysis

by Kruse-Smith, Sandra L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2015, 125 pages; 3682579


The purpose of this quantitative research was to investigate the political skill construct and its relationship to the likelihood of four career derailment outcomes (being passed over for promotion, being demoted, being forced to resign or retire, and being terminated). The study obtained survey data from Executive MBA alumni at a Midwestern United States university about managers whose work behaviors they knew well. The respondents' completion of an online survey using the Political Skill Inventory resulted in a usable sample of 96 assessed managers who represented a wide range of functional areas in a variety of industries. The study's findings reveal that a significant negative relationship exists between managers' overall political skill and their likelihood of career derailment. In addition, the study found that the networking ability dimension of political skill relates significantly to all of the examined outcomes, and that the remaining three dimensions relate significantly to at least one outcome. For management development professionals and for managers themselves, the results offer important insights into the skills needed for career survival. In response to scholars' calls for more research on the political skill construct and on career derailment outcomes, this study offers additional evidence of political skill's value and importance to organizations, and adds to the body of knowledge relating theoretical concepts to career derailment.

AdviserBarbara Bailey
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEducational leadership; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3682579

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