Title

Workplace bullying: Is lack of understanding the reason for inaction?

Date of this Version

2015

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Branch, S., & Murray, J. (2015). Workplace bullying: Is lack of understanding the reason for inaction? Organizational Dynamics, 44(4), 287-295.

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2015 HERDC submission

© Copyright, Elsevier, 2015

ISSN

0090-2616

Abstract

At what point is the line crossed between a series of humorous work pranks and workplace bullying? This question is actually more complex than it looks. Take the very well publicized office complaint case of David Thorne and Simon Dempsey—a story that has taken social media sites and the wider Internet by storm over the last couple of years. Although it has now been revealed that the interactions between Thorne and Dempsey are somewhat fictitious (loosely based on actual interactions between the author and a previous coworker), the behaviors and their ensuing complaints provide a lens from which this question can be considered

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