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Integrating workplace aggression research: relational, contextual, and method considerations

Hershcovis, M. Sandy and Reich, Tara C. (2013) Integrating workplace aggression research: relational, contextual, and method considerations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34 (SUPP). pp. 26-42. ISSN 0894-3796

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Identification Number: 10.1002/job.1886


The present article takes an integrative perspective on the field of workplace aggression to highlight areas of ambiguity and opportunities for future research. First, by simultaneously examining the perpetrator- and target-focused literatures, we identify a great deal of overlap between predictors and outcomes in the two literatures, giving rise to the question of whether key constructs are predictors, outcomes, or both. Second, we determine that the question of “who is the perpetrator?” and “who is the target?” is considerably more ambiguous than implied within each of these independent literatures. Third, our examination suggests that a greater focus on the relational aspect of workplace aggression is particularly important to enable a more comprehensive understanding of this phenomenon. We examine and critique current methods and measurement and propose different approaches to explore workplace aggression in a more dynamic and contextualized way.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2013 10:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024 23:57
Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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