Managers in the firing line: Contributing factors to workplace bullying by staff - an interview study

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Title Managers in the firing line: Contributing factors to workplace bullying by staff - an interview study
Author Branch, Sara Elizabeth Ellen; Ramsay, Sheryl Gai; Barker, Michelle Carmel
Journal Name Journal of Management & Organization
Editor Ken Parry
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Australia
Publisher EContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract Workplace bullying is a phenomenon that is attracting increasing interest from researchers throughout the Western world. To date, most of the research into workplace bullying has focused on managers and colleagues as the perpetrators of bullying in the workplace. By contrast, little is known about ‘upwards bullying’, where managers are the targets. We argue that in order to more fully understand workplace bullying as a whole, the phenomenon of upwards bullying requires research attention. In the present study, upwards bullying was explored in interviews conducted with 24 managers from public and private organizations, with the data coded and arranged thematically. Results indicate that potential contributing factors towards upwards bullying include the current work environment, change within organizations and power issues. We recommend that organizations identify the occurrence and processes of upwards bullying as important steps in developing comprehensive workplace bullying policies.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 e-Content Management Pty Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Volume 13
Issue Number 3
Page from 264
Page to 281
ISSN 1833-3672
Date Accessioned 2007-06-15
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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