Culture, Corporate and Business (CCB) Seminar Series
Professor Richard Kwiatkowski
29 May 2019
On Wednesday 29 May, the executives had the honour of having Professor Richard Kwiatkowski give them a seminar on the topic of organizational politics. Professor Kwiatkowski is a leading expert in organizational psychology, development, and learning. His research interests centre around the application of psychology to organisations and individuals, which includes work on culture change and resistance, on assessment on emotional aspects of learning and change, on applied ethnics and on applying psychology to politics.
Professor Kwiatowski first took the executives through the history and context of organizational politics from Machiavelli to key ideas within organizational politics, i.e., unitarist vs. pluralist perspectives. In an interactive manner, and using key psychological techniques like free word association, Professor Kwiatowski elicited from the executives what they thought constitutes power, influence, and politics.
In the second half of his talk, Professor Kwiatowski conducted a short psychometric test with the executives to determine their various political skills, namely social astuteness, interpersonal influence, networking ability, and apparent sincerity. Using the results of the psychometric test, where the executives get to measure their responses against a scale, Professor Kwiatowski explained what their results mean and how it relates to job satisfaction and job performance.
In the final section of his talk, Professor Kwiatowski took the executives through a model of political behavior which includes political awareness and unawareness within the organization, psychological game-playing, and acting with integrity. As the elements of the model form intersecting sets, Professor Kwiatowski explained what each shade of intersection meant – clever, wise, innocent, and inept - and asked the executives to discuss what the real-life scenario of each intersection would look like.
It was a very interactive course and very educational for the executives. They were able to relate their experiences in their organization with what they learn in their textbooks. This seminar is a very good example of authentic learning and the executives felt that they are very fortunate to be able to learn from Professor Kwiatowski.
(Report by Zoë Toone & Dr Carryn Yong. Edited by Guy Liu. Photos by Zoë Toone)
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