HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Acceptability of workplace bullying: A comparative study on six continents

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2013

Publication Title

Journal of Business Research

ISSN or ISBN

0148-2963

Volume

66

Issue

1

First Page

374

Last Page

380

Description

This paper is the first to explore the impact of culture on the acceptability of workplace bullying and to do so across a wide range of countries. Physically intimidating bullying is less acceptable than work related bullying both within groups of similar cultures and globally. Cultures with high performance orientation find bullying to be more acceptable while those with high future orientation find bullying to be less acceptable. A high humane orientation is associated with finding work related bullying to be less acceptable. Confucian Asia finds work-related bullying to be more acceptable than the Anglo, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa country clusters and finds physically intimidating bullying to be more acceptable than the Anglo and Latin America country clusters. The differences in the acceptability of bullying with respect to these cultures are partially explained in terms of cultural dimensions.

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