The power of malicious gossip
Shallcross, Linda, Ramsay, Sheryl, & Barker, Michelle (2011) The power of malicious gossip. Australian Journal of Communication. (In Press)
This paper focuses on malicious workplace gossip from the perspective of those targeted by this dark form of organizational communication. Findings from a large exemplarian action research project are reported that suggest malicious gossip can be an influential form of power, which strongly contributes to counterproductive organisational behaviour. The discussion draws upon the emergent themes from the research to highlight the negative consequences of malicious gossip for those targeted and their organisations, and in so doing, elaborates on the phenomenon of workplace mobbing. This research highlights the importance of recognising gossip as an effective, though dark, form of power and the value of rational discourse for improving organisational communication.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 Please consult the authors.|
|Deposited On:||04 Oct 2011 09:35|
|Last Modified:||05 Oct 2011 15:44|
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