Working While Liberal/Conservative: A Review of Political Ideology in Organizations

Kristen L. Swigart, Anuradha Anantharaman, Jason A. Williamson, Alicia A. Grandey

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Political polarization has increased significantly in society over the past decade, and whether intended or not, employees at all levels bring their political ideologies into organizations. We posit that political ideology is unique and warrants the attention of organizational scholars. We begin by integrating literature from political science and political psychology to review the various conceptualizations of political ideology as representing values, identity, and political affiliation. Next, we review the literature of political ideology in organizational sciences which has examined political ideology through a values-based lens,understanding it to be a source of motivated reasoning that influences strategic decisions. We then review a smaller subset of literature that has examined political ideology through an identity-based lens, exploring its influence on social dynamics including stereotyping, diversity in teams, and person-organization fit. Finally, we chart a course for future research on political ideology, focusing on (1) conceptual expansions, (2) contextual determinants, (3) diversity, (4) cross-level alignment, and (5) the acknowledgment of possible researcher bias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1063-1091
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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