Burned by Bullying in the American Workplace: Prevalence, Perception, Degree and Impact

26 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2007

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Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sarah J. Tracy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jess K. Alberts

Arizona State University

Abstract

This study assesses the prevalence of workplace bullying in a sample of US workers, using a standardized measure of workplace bullying (Negative Acts Questionnaire, NAQ), and compares the current study's prevalence rates with those from other bullying and aggression studies. The article opens by defining bullying as a persistent, enduring form of abuse at work and contrasting it with other negative workplace actions and interactions. Through a review of the current literature, we propose and test hypotheses regarding bullying prevalence and dynamics relative to a sample of US workers. After discussing research methods, we report on the rates of bullying in a US sample, compare these to similar studies, and analyze the negative acts that might lead to perceptions of being bullied. Based upon past conceptualizations, as well as research that suggests bullying is a phenomenon that occurs in gradations, we introduce and provide statistical evidence for the construct and impact of bullying degree. Finally, the study explores the impact of bullying on persons who witnessed but did not directly experience bullying in their jobs.

Suggested Citation

Lutgen-Sandvik, Pamela and Tracy, Sarah J. and Alberts, Jess K., Burned by Bullying in the American Workplace: Prevalence, Perception, Degree and Impact. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 44, No. 6, pp. 837-862, September 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1007331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00715.x

Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik (Contact Author)

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Sarah J. Tracy

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Jess K. Alberts

Arizona State University ( email )

Tempe, AZ
United States

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