Work-place bullying: A group processes framework

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Title Work-place bullying: A group processes framework
Author Ramsay, Sheryl Gai; Troth, Ashlea Clare; Branch, Sara Elizabeth Ellen
Journal Name Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Abstract Work-place bullying is primarily conceptualized in the literature from an individual or interpersonal perspective with a focus on the victim. The impact of the broader organizational context on bullying has also been considered to a lesser extent. Only a small amount of research exists, however, regarding the group-level processes that impact on the incidence and maintenance of bullying behaviour. We adopt a group level perspective to theoretically discuss and explain the processes involved in the occurrence and maintenance of work-place bullying behaviours. Using Social Identity Theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1986) and Social Rules Theory (Argyle, Henderson, & Furnham, 1985), two conceptual frameworks are presented that consider work-place bullying at the intra-group and inter-group levels. Several propositions are put forward regarding the likelihood of bullying in work groups. Suggested directions for empirical research are addressed and practical implications are also discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/2044-8325.002000
Volume 84
Issue Number 4
Page from 799
Page to 816
ISSN 0963-1798
Date Accessioned 2011-02-09
Date Available 2013-05-29T08:40:51Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Industrial and Organisational Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37308
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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