The power of malicious gossip

Shallcross, Linda, Ramsay, Sheryl, & Barker, Michelle (2011) The power of malicious gossip. Australian Journal of Communication, 38(1), pp. 45-68.

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This paper focuses on malicious workplace gossip from the perspective of those targeted by this dark form of organisational communication. Findings from a large exemplarian action research project are reported that suggest malicious gossip can be an influential form of power that 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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ID Code: 50755
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: workplace bullying, malicious gossip, workplace mobbing, untested rumours, organisational behaviour
ISSN: 0811-6202
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The authors.
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Deposited On: 05 Jun 2012 22:53
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2012 23:07

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