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Exploring bullying among Indian managers: a grounded theory approach

Exploring bullying among Indian managers: a grounded theory approach PurposeThis paper aims to explore the phenomenon of workplace bullying – its nature, antecedents, direct and indirect effects – from victim’s perspective.Design/methodology/approachThe study adopted grounded theory approach and centered on the participants experiences and interpretations of bullying. A total of 23 self-reported victims formed the sample of our study. Data from interviews were analyzed using the coding procedure of grounded theory methodology. To enhance validity of results, in addition to interviews, creative drawings were used for triangulation.FindingsThe study reveals some similarities and culturally relevant variation in the sources and outcomes of bullying. The role of culture on bullying is visible. The study also adds to the limited literature on underlying and intervening factors in bullying–outcome relationship.Research limitations/implicationsThe study examined bullying from the victim’s perspective. Perpetrator and bystander’s perspectives would have added interesting insights into the findings.Practical implicationsEffective identification of, prevention of and intervention in workplace bullying are imperative for individuals and organizations. Rich descriptions from victims on enablers of bullying and how these events have affected their everyday experiences may also boost practitioners’ and policymakers’ willingness to rectify the potential issues leading to bullying in organizations.Originality/valueThe present study contributes to the workplace bullying research in general and Indian context in particular by examining contextually relevant antecedents, consequences as well as underlying and intervening factors. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Asia Business Studies Emerald Publishing

Exploring bullying among Indian managers: a grounded theory approach

Journal of Asia Business Studies , Volume 13 (4): 24 – Oct 7, 2019

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1558-7894
DOI
10.1108/JABS-03-2016-0036
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to explore the phenomenon of workplace bullying – its nature, antecedents, direct and indirect effects – from victim’s perspective.Design/methodology/approachThe study adopted grounded theory approach and centered on the participants experiences and interpretations of bullying. A total of 23 self-reported victims formed the sample of our study. Data from interviews were analyzed using the coding procedure of grounded theory methodology. To enhance validity of results, in addition to interviews, creative drawings were used for triangulation.FindingsThe study reveals some similarities and culturally relevant variation in the sources and outcomes of bullying. The role of culture on bullying is visible. The study also adds to the limited literature on underlying and intervening factors in bullying–outcome relationship.Research limitations/implicationsThe study examined bullying from the victim’s perspective. Perpetrator and bystander’s perspectives would have added interesting insights into the findings.Practical implicationsEffective identification of, prevention of and intervention in workplace bullying are imperative for individuals and organizations. Rich descriptions from victims on enablers of bullying and how these events have affected their everyday experiences may also boost practitioners’ and policymakers’ willingness to rectify the potential issues leading to bullying in organizations.Originality/valueThe present study contributes to the workplace bullying research in general and Indian context in particular by examining contextually relevant antecedents, consequences as well as underlying and intervening factors.

Journal

Journal of Asia Business StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 7, 2019

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