Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A historical study on workplace bullying
by Bame, Richard M., Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2013, 162; 3585973
Abstract (Summary)

Workplace bullying has affected almost half (47%) of American working adults corresponding to approximately 71.5 million workers who either experienced bullying directly or witnessed it. This resulted in an alarming turnover of 21 to 28 million workers. This qualitative historical study explored, identified, and documented through historical records and documents, the patterns and trends of workplace bullying in organizations, characteristics and types of bullies, and types of mistreatment workplace bullies direct toward intended targets over the past 30 years. The data analysis yielded eight major themes of bullying styles and traits. These consisted of the four bully styles reinforced from the literature review of the snake, gatekeeper, screamer, and nitpicker. Additionally, the three new bully styles of the tyrant, joker, and discriminator, and one outlier bully style of the reverse bully. Themes of leadership skills associated with reducing or eliminating workplace bullying were also identified and analyzed. These themes coincided with the successful leadership traits and attributes of ethical leadership, social responsibility, and encouraging the heart, which led to the development of the GUARDIAN model. The GUARDIAN model presented recommendations to leaders of organization that would limit or prevent workplace bullying, which would provide significant financial savings for organizations because of less human resource issues.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lowrey, Kimberly D.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Employee turnover, Harassment, Leadership, Organizational culture, Workplace bullying
Publication Number: 3585973
ISBN: 978-1-303-79121-5
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