Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Sport Management, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran

2 Department of Sport Management,, Karaj Branch,, Islamic Azad University,, Karaj, Iran


Introduction: How to use political behavior in organizations plays an important role in the behavior as well as the feelings of employees. Political behavior is a natural process in the organization through which conflicts and differences between groups and stakeholders can be examined and resolved. The purpose of this study was to present a model of political behavior of Iranian sport organizations employees.
Methods: In order to achieve this goal, a qualitative method based on foundation data theory was used. Theoretical method and snowball sampling were used. The research instrument was in-depth and exploratory interviews. Then, the data obtained from the interviews were coded and analyzed by field method.
Results: The findings indicated 6 dimensions of paradigm model including 3 categories of causal conditions (power, personality and career promotion), one category of axial phenomenon (influence policies in the organization), 5 categories of contextual conditions (conflict, laws, injustice, job nature and management), 2 categories of intervening conditions (communication outside the organization, political popularity), 5 categories of mechanisms and strategies (information management, perceptions, sensitivities, communication networks, disruption) and 4 categories of consequences (positive and Organizational negative, and individual positive and negative) were identified.
Conclusion: The political behaviors in sports organizations are very complex in diagnosis and judgment, and models such as the presented one in current study can help understanding their multidimensional and process.