The Role of Bystanders in Workplace Bullying: An Overview of Theories and Empirical Research

Mieneke Pouwelse, Roelie Mulder, Eva Gemzøe Mikkelsen

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This chapter gives a contemporary overview of extant international research focusing on issues related to bystanders in workplace bullying. First, the chapter introduces concepts and typologies of bystanders as found in the literature, after which follows a presentation of the early and later studies on bystanders and bystander behaviour. While the early studies mainly focused on the prevalence of observing bullying, later studies explored typologies of bystanders, consequences of being a bystander as well as the antecedents of bystander behaviour. As such, there has been a paradigmatic shift within the field of workplace bullying with bystanders now being seen as part of the problem and therefore as a possible part of the solution. The small but expanding body of bystander research has employed a surprisingly wide range of complementary methodologies which shows promising and consistent findings and enhances the robustness of the research. The chapter also elaborates on possible interventions and on a model of intervention building from theory and empirical findings. Finally, the chapter concludes with practical implications and future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPathways of Job-related Negative Behaviou
EditorsPremilla D'Cruz, Ernesto Noronha, Elfi Baillien, Bevan Catle, Karen Harlos, Annie Hogh, Eva Gemzøe Mikkelsen
Number of pages39
PublisherSpringer
Publication date4. Sep 2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-6173-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4. Sep 2018
SeriesHandbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment
Volume2
ISSN2524-6062

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Pouwelse, M., Mulder, R., & Mikkelsen, E. G. (2018). The Role of Bystanders in Workplace Bullying: An Overview of Theories and Empirical Research. In P. D'Cruz, E. Noronha, E. Baillien, B. Catle, K. Harlos, A. Hogh, & E. Gemzøe Mikkelsen (Eds.), Pathways of Job-related Negative Behaviou Springer. Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment, Vol.. 2 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6173-8_14-1
Pouwelse, Mieneke ; Mulder, Roelie ; Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe. / The Role of Bystanders in Workplace Bullying : An Overview of Theories and Empirical Research. Pathways of Job-related Negative Behaviou. editor / Premilla D'Cruz ; Ernesto Noronha ; Elfi Baillien ; Bevan Catle ; Karen Harlos ; Annie Hogh ; Eva Gemzøe Mikkelsen. Springer, 2018. (Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment, Vol. 2).
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Pouwelse, M, Mulder, R & Mikkelsen, EG 2018, The Role of Bystanders in Workplace Bullying: An Overview of Theories and Empirical Research. in P D'Cruz, E Noronha, E Baillien, B Catle, K Harlos, A Hogh & E Gemzøe Mikkelsen (eds), Pathways of Job-related Negative Behaviou. Springer, Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment, vol. 2. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6173-8_14-1

The Role of Bystanders in Workplace Bullying : An Overview of Theories and Empirical Research. / Pouwelse, Mieneke; Mulder, Roelie; Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe.

Pathways of Job-related Negative Behaviou. ed. / Premilla D'Cruz; Ernesto Noronha; Elfi Baillien; Bevan Catle; Karen Harlos; Annie Hogh; Eva Gemzøe Mikkelsen. Springer, 2018. (Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment, Vol. 2).

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