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Leadership and approaches to the management of workplace bullying

Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2017) Leadership and approaches to the management of workplace bullying. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26 (2). pp. 221-233. ISSN 1464-0643

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2016.1243529


Leadership behaviour has been identified as an important antecedent of workplace bullying, since managers may prevent, permit or engage in the mistreatment of others. However, the issue of how managers respond when bullying occurs has received limited attention. With this in mind, the aim of this study was to explore how managers behave when bullying occurs in their work group, and to elucidate the contextual issues that underlie this behaviour. This was achieved through analysis of in-depth interviews with individuals involved in cases of bullying. The findings revealed a typology of four types of management behaviour in cases of bullying, each underpinned by contextual factors at the individual, group and organizational level. The study shows that the role of leadership in workplace bullying is more complex than previously thought, and suggests several ways in which managers and organizations could deal with bullying behaviour.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:67459
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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