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Workplace Violence and Security: Are there Lessons for Peacemaking?


  • Frances E. Zollers


  • Elletta Sangrey Callahan



Workplace violence has captured the attention of commentators, employers, and the public at large. Although statistically the incidents of workplace homicide and assault are decreasing, public awareness of the problem has heightened, largely through media reports of violent incidents. Employers are exhorted to address the problem of workplace violence and are offered a variety of programs and processes to prevent its occurrence. Many techniques, however, conflict with values that are critical to achieving sustainable peace. We focus on types of workplace violence that are triggered by organizational factors. From among the plethora of recommendations, we identify those responses that are most and least consistent with positive peace. We find that processes that promote privacy, transparency, and employee rights hold the most promise for peacemaking. We submit that such structures and processes can be transportable beyond the workplace to promote peace locally, nationally, and globally.

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  • Frances E. Zollers & Elletta Sangrey Callahan, 2003. "Workplace Violence and Security: Are there Lessons for Peacemaking?," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 535, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  • Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2003-535

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    1. Norman Bishara & Cindy Schipani, 2009. "Complementary Alternative Benefits to Promote Peace," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 89(4), pages 539-557, March.

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    workplace violence; employee rights; sustainable peace; and corporate governance;

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    • K39 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Other

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