Exploration of Upwards Bullying: An Interview Study.

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Title Exploration of Upwards Bullying: An Interview Study.
Author Branch, Sara; Ramsay, Sheryl Gai; Barker, Michelle Carmel; Sheehan, Michael
Publication Title BAM 2005: Challenges of Organizations in Global Markets
Editor Clare Saunders
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Publisher British Academy of Management
Abstract Workplace bullying is a phenomenon that is attracting increasing interest from researchers and Human Resource Managers throughout the western world. To date, however, most of the research into workplace bullying has focused on managers and colleagues as the perpetrators of bullying in the workplace. Nevertheless, we argue that in the current organizational environment of rapid and discontinuous change, managers are increasingly vulnerable to workplace bullying from their staff, a phenomenon referred to as 'upwards bullying'. In the present study, eighteen managers from a range of public and private organizations were interviewed about their experience of workplace bullying. The data was coded using NVivo and results arranged thematically. While the results indicate that upwards bullying shares some similarities with other forms of workplace bullying, it was specifically characterised by perpetrators using formal grievance systems to bully their managers.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.bam.ac.uk
ISBN 0-9549608-1-5
Conference name British Academy of Management
Location Saïd Business School, Uni of Oxford
Date From 2005-09-13
Date To 2005-09-15
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2771
Date Accessioned 2005-03-22
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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