Performance or Politics: Promotions in the Israeli Public Sector

Moshe Sharabi


The paper presents findings of a research examining the perceptions regarding promotions of employees in the public sector. A questionnaire containing a series of factors related to promotion was conducted on 166 employees from the public sector in Israel. The findings reveal that the public sector employees ranked organizational politics as the most important factor, followed by tenure, pressure on the supervisor, success in projects/ missions, experience and education. Comparison between workers' and managers' perceptions exposes substantial differences in most of the factors influencing promotion. The meaning of the findings and their implications are discussed in the paper.

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