The Causes and Consequences of Workplace Bullying and Discrimination: Results from an Exploratory Study

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Buttigieg, Donna, Bryant, Melanie, Hanley, Glennis and Liu, Jie (2011) The Causes and Consequences of Workplace Bullying and Discrimination: Results from an Exploratory Study. Labour and Industry, 22 (1/2). pp. 117-142. ISSN 1030-1763


The intersection of the concepts of discrimination and bullying has generally been under researched. The little research that is available, however, suggests that there may be three possible relationships between these phenomena: fi rst, that bullying and discrimination are caused by identical factors; second, that bullying is a subset of discriminatory behaviour and third, that they are distinctly different. In this paper we analyse data drawn from interviews with men and women working in three industries: manufacturing, retail and hospitality, all of whom report some adverse experience of bullying/discriminatory behaviour. We interpret these interview data as indicating that there are many common determinants of bullying and discrimination, including difference, power and organisational characteristics. Further, the consequences of these two forms of negative behaviour are similar. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future research and calls for common theoretical explanations for these two forms of undesirable behaviour.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/10301763.2011.10669432
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID23623, bullying in the workplace, behaviour, employees, victims, victimisation
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