Hearing It Through the Grapevine: Positive and Negative Workplace Gossip

Organizational Dynamics, 41, 52-61, 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2011.12.007

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Travis Grosser

University of Connecticut School of Business

Virginie Kidwell

University of North Texas

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Article details the functions of organizational gossip and how managers can effectively address it in the workplace. Gossip can be a tricky organizational phenomenon in that it can be both positive and negative at the same time; this often depends on whether one is viewing the gossip from the employee’s perspective or the organization’s perspective.

Keywords: Gossip, organizational behavior

Suggested Citation

Grosser, Travis and Kidwell, Virginie and Labianca, Giuseppe (Joe), Hearing It Through the Grapevine: Positive and Negative Workplace Gossip (2012). Organizational Dynamics, 41, 52-61, 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2011.12.007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2573239

Travis Grosser (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut School of Business ( email )

Management Dept.
Unit 1041
Storrs, CT 06269-2041
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.business.uconn.edu/profiles/travis-grosser/

Virginie Kidwell

University of North Texas ( email )

1155 Union Circle #305340
Denton, TX 76203
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://cob.unt.edu/users/vnk0010

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics ( email )

550 South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506
United States

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