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Envy at Work and in Organizations

Richard H. Smith, Ugo Merlone, and Michelle K. Duffy


Competition for resources, recognition, and outcomes is a fact of life in organizational life. When one falls short in comparison to colleagues or subordinates, feelings of envy may arise. Envy is ubiquitous and painful fueled by inferiority, hostility, and resentment. At the same time envy is also a socially adaptive emotion signaling competitive disadvantages that must be dealt with. How people cope with envy at work continues to be a debated topic. Will they “level up” with their envied counterpart through self-improvement behaviors? Or will they “level down” through sabotage and underminin ... More

Keywords: Envy, workplace, organizations, coping with envy, emotions, motivation

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190228057
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190228057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard H. Smith, editor
Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky

Ugo Merlone, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Torino

Michelle K. Duffy, editor
Professor, Department of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

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1 What Is the Nature of Envy?

Yochi Cohen-Charash and Elliott Larson

2 A Social-Contextual View of Envy in Organizations

Lingtao Yu and Michelle K. Duffy

3 The Two Faces of Envy

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5 Envy as an Evolving Episode

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6 Competent but Cold

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7 A Social Network Perspective on Envy in Organizations

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11 Culture and the Elicitation, Experience, and Expression of Envy

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15 Envy and Interpersonal Corruption

Julia J. Lee and Francesca Gino

16 Envy and Injustice

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20 Containing Workplace Envy

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