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Eating their cake and everyone else's cake, too: Resources as the main ingredient to workplace bullying

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  • Wheeler, Anthony R.
  • Halbesleben, Jonathon R.B.
  • Shanine, Kristen
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    This article examines workplace bullying from a personal resources perspective. As workplace bullying emerges in unsupportive and stressful work environments, the threat of personal resource loss triggers the low cost, high reward resource-seeking behaviors that are typically reported as indicative of bullies in the workplace bullying research. Herein, we propose that these resource-seeking bullying behaviors allow bullies to create reinforcing resource gain cycles for them, but also create reinforcing resource loss cycles for targets and bystanders of bullying. As a potential remedy, we discuss recommendations for organizations to reduce the occurrence of workplace bullying.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Business Horizons.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 553-560

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:bushor:v:53:y::i:6:p:553-560
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    1. Hutchinson, Marie & Vickers, Margaret H & Jackson, Debra & Wilkes, Lesley, 2006. "Like wolves in a pack: Predatory alliances of bullies in nursing," Journal of Management & Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 12(03), pages 235-250, November.
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