Opportunism and organizations

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Opportunism can be defined as the practice of using situations unfairly to gain advantage for oneself, without thinking about how one’s actions affect other people. It can therefore be said that it is the practice of egoists. However, it is also the worst enemy for organizations.
Opportunism has many impacts on the operations of an organization. For example, opportunists may employ a variety of lies and excuses in pursuit of their own interests, while neglecting to work as hard as others in the interests of the organization. This encourages other self-seekers to follow the bad example.
On the other hand, opportunists shirk their organizational duty although they enjoy a lot more benefits than others from the organization. This places a burden on other hardworking and honest members and discourages them from performing their duty.
Another impact is that opportunists try to establish their fake excuses as legitimate truth. This further offends hardworking and honest members of the organization. They feel there is no space for honesty and hard work in the organization and eventually leave it. When there are no honest members in an organization, it will simply become a gang of opportunists and be inoperable, existing as an organization in name only.
Therefore, it is important for organizations to guard against opportunism, their worst enemy.

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