Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Defining and addressing workplace bullying-in search of a clearer definition - A mixed Delphi study
by Monk, Christi, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2014, 108; 3648300
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this mixed Delphi study was to add to the body of knowledge by providing human resource professionals and organizational leaders with clearer definitions of workplace bullying that can be used to develop and enforce more effectively written workplace bullying policies regardless of industry. This mixed Delphi study examined how workplace bullying is defined in organizations and how human resource professionals interpret the existing policies to address claims of workplace bullying. The lack of a clear term results in inconsistent anti-bullying practices that impede organizations from addressing bullying in a manner that minimizes costs, reduces attrition, improves employee morale, and creates a safe workplace for employees. The sample population consisted of 20 human resource managers and directors and 131 nonhuman resource managers and frontline employees. The data analysis revealed that organizations do not have policies that clearly identify workplace bullying. The data analysis also revealed there was consensus among the sample participants relative to the development of three new definitions that improved the definition of the term workplace bullying.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Atkinson, Linda
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Bullying, Harassment, Leadership, Leadership behaviors, Workplace bullying
Publication Number: 3648300
ISBN: 978-1-321-43868-0
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