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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (12): 2109-2121.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.02109

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Political skill: Consequences and theoretical explanation

WU Lunwen, YANG Fu()   

  1. School of Business Administration, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu 611130, China
  • Received:2019-04-19 Online:2019-12-15 Published:2019-10-21
  • Contact: YANG Fu


As a significant social ability, political skill is important for organizational core competitiveness. In recent years, political skill has received extensive attention from researchers. By using content analysis, we summarize the consequences and theoretical explanation of political skill, including social exchange theory, social influence theory, conservation of resources theory, social cognitive theory, and social capital theory. Future research should develop the concept and measurement of political skill in the Chinese organizational context, explorethe antecedents of political skill, examine the consequences of political skill from the team level, and focus on the effects of political skill based on conservation of resources theory.

Key words: political skill, theoretical perspective, consequences

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