Targets' constructions of workplace bullying: an empirically derived model of the workplace bullying process
Workplace bullying is a complex form of conflict that has a negative impact on business and management, yet despite over two decades of research, prevalence remains high. Extant research has focused on the various elements of bullying, including negative behaviours, antecedents, and interventions, but an overarching, multi-directional, empirically based framework for the process of bullying is missing. To remedy the gap, this paper uses thematically analysed data from semi-structured interviews to propose a model of workplace bullying. The model provides the contexts through to the resolution, via the changing relationships that extenuate this phenomenon. Identification and illumination of the stages of the process provides insight for both practitioners and academics in the ongoing search for a comprehensive resolution of this issue
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