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MobbingCauses, Consequences, and Solutions$
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Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380019.001.0001

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Group, Leadership, and Individual Antecedents of Mobbing

Group, Leadership, and Individual Antecedents of Mobbing

(p.93) 6 Group, Leadership, and Individual Antecedents of Mobbing

Maureen Duffy

Len Sperry

Oxford University Press

This chapter builds on the perspective of the previous one and incorporates a discussion of how individual and group dynamics interact with organizational dynamics in the development of the social process of mobbing. Individual and group dynamics that influence and reinforce abusive organizational behavior are described. Personality of both victims and perpetrators of workplace mobbing is discussed, as is the work orientation of victims of workplace mobbing. Additionally, the individual characteristics of child and adolescent victims and offenders/perpetrators of mobbing are reviewed. The influential role of leadership style, a set of characteristics applying to individual leaders, is also analyzed in the development of mobbing-proneness. Group dynamics, in terms of group cohesiveness and formal versus informal group formation, is then reviewed and taken into account as a factor in the development of mobbing. Finally, research evidence helpful in distinguishing mobbing-prone organizations from those that are not is analyzed.

Keywords:   individual dynamics, victims, perpetrators, group dynamics, group cohesiveness, leadership style, mobbing-proneness

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