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The prevention of workplace bullying as a question of human resource management: Measures adopted and underlying organizational factors


  • Salin, Denise


Summary The aim of this study was to analyse measures adopted to counteract workplace bullying from the perspective of human resource management. First, the kind of measures that are adopted to prevent bullying were examined. Second, factors affecting the extent of such measures were explored. The introduction of written anti-bullying policies and the provision of information were found to be the most common measures adopted. The policies strongly emphasized the role of supervisors and the immediate superior. Measures to counteract bullying were positively related to the adoption of 'sophisticated' human resource practices, negative publicity concerning bullying and the presence of a young human resource manager. The results, however, also indicated that imitation seemed to provide an important impetus behind anti-bullying efforts.

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  • Salin, Denise, 2008. "The prevention of workplace bullying as a question of human resource management: Measures adopted and underlying organizational factors," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 221-231, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:scaman:v:24:y:2008:i:3:p:221-231

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    1. Bettina West & Mary Foster & Avner Levin & Jocelyn Edmison & Daniela Robibero, 2014. "Cyberbullying at Work: In Search of Effective Guidance," Laws, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(3), pages 1-20, August.


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