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Perceptions of Deviant Behaviour in the Workplace


  • Daniela de Carvalho Wilks

    (Universidade Portucalense, Portugal)


Employee misconduct in the workplace is relatively common and may be counterproductive in social and material terms. To identify which undesirable behaviours are considered acceptable is the first step to develop ways to reduce deviance in organizational settings. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived acceptability of deviant behaviour in the workplace, and to analyse the relation between the degree of such acceptance with organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and organizational tenure. Data was obtained from 223 adults employed full-time. Results suggest a positive relationship between the degree of acceptability of certain forms of deviant behaviour and organizational commitment, but not with job satisfaction. They further indicate that tenure was the factor having the most impact on the acceptance of deviant behaviours. Implications of the findings for the management are discussed.

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  • Daniela de Carvalho Wilks, 2012. "Perceptions of Deviant Behaviour in the Workplace," International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning, International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia, vol. 1(2), pages 217-230.
  • Handle: RePEc:isv:jouijm:v:1:y:2012:i:2:p:217-230

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    1. Roland Kidwell & Sean Valentine, 2009. "Positive Group Context, Work Attitudes, and Organizational Misbehavior: The Case of Withholding Job Effort," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 86(1), pages 15-28, April.
    2. Randi Sims, 2010. "A Study of Deviance as a Retaliatory Response to Organizational Power," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 92(4), pages 553-563, April.
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