Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Faculty to Faculty Workplace Bullying Across Disciplines in Higher Education: Effects on Organizational Trust and Commitment
by Patrick, Amber Marie, Ph.D., William Carey University, 2016, 243; 10183082
Abstract (Summary)

As bullying was eventually labeled an adult problem, research refocused from the child’s playground to the adult playground—the workplace. Schoolyard bullies likely grow into workplace bullies when actions are encouraged or ignored. Though workplace bullying (WPB) research has been conducted in the field of general academia little has been done to study bullying in higher education. In addition to the lack of literature, bullying behaviors have been difficult to define and measure. As a result, narrow operational definitions of WPB have been commonplace. Therefore, WPB has gone largely underreported and targets have been fundamentally underrepresented.

The purpose of this convergent parallel mixed methods study focused on two areas. One focus was to determine whether faculty to faculty WPB across disciplines in higher education impacted organizational trust and commitment in one private, faith-based university in the southeastern United States. The second focus was on the faculty’s perceptions of bullying behaviors.

From the findings it was concluded: (a) targets of WPB exhibited lower organizational trust following the bullying incident, (b) targets of WPB committed to the organization the same following the bullying incident, (c) targets of WPB exhibited lower job satisfaction, (d) targets of WPB perceived bullying behaviors that were grouped into five themes, and (e) targets experienced effects of WPB that were grouped into four themes.

Implications for practice include recommendations for researchers, leaders and faculty members in higher education, and policy-makers. The study concludes with specific recommendations for further research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vincent, Janice
Commitee: Lundstrom, Alicia, Markey, Linda, Roberts, Jalynn
School: William Carey University
Department: School of Nursing
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Occupational psychology, Higher education
Keywords: Bullying, Faculty, Organizational commitment, Organizational trust, Psychological contract, Workplace bullying
Publication Number: 10183082
ISBN: 978-1-369-31363-5
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