Workplace Bullying among Business Professionals - Prevalence, Organisational Antecedents and Gender Differences (summary section only)

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Title: Workplace Bullying among Business Professionals - Prevalence, Organisational Antecedents and Gender Differences (summary section only)
Author: Salin, Denise
Other contributor: Svenska handelshögskolan, Institutionen för företagsledning och organisation, företagsledning och organisation
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Management and Organisation
Publisher: Svenska handelshögskolan
Date: 2003-10-31
Language: en
Number of pages: 1837 bytes
Belongs to series: Economics and Society - 117
ISBN: 951-555-787-9
Thesis level: Doctoral thesis
Abstract: Workplace bullying can be defined as repeated and persistent negative acts that involve a power imbalance and create a hostile work environment. Partly because of the many negative consequences associated with the phenomenon, bullying has recently become the focus of many studies by contemporary organisational researchers. Drawing on a survey, this thesis provides information on the prevalence and forms of bullying among business professionals, a group of employees neglected in previous bullying research. The thesis follows a tradition among Nordic researchers that emphasises the role of the psychosocial work environment in bullying. In particular, it illustrates how high internal competition and a high degree of organisational politics in business life may lead employees to use bullying as a tactic to gain benefits over their colleagues. Furthermore, it explores the significance of gender in bullying in male-dominated work environments, with women tending to be subjected to more negative acts, tending to feel less capable to defend themselves in these situations, and tending to feel less reluctant to classify these experiences as bullying. In addition to the introductory essay, this thesis consists of a book chapter and four articles. These five papers address particular aspects of workplace bullying: the prevalence and forms of bullying, the significance of gender in bullying, and organisational antecedents of bullying.
Subject: bullying
workplace agression
organisational behaviour
business professionals
work life
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