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Institutional Theory, Normative Pressures, Emotions, and Indirect Aggression

By Stacey Kent, Peter Jordan and Ashlea Troth


The impact that workplace aggression has on organizations and its members has become a focal point for organizational research. To date, studies have primarily examined the perpetrator of workplace aggression, specifically their personality traits. In this chapter, we draw on Institutional Theory to better understand a specific form of workplace aggression, indirect (covert) aggression. We specifically present a model that shows how the normative pressures and social roles within an institution influence the aggressive actions by employees as well as the scripts employees utilize in response to indirect aggression. We assert that an examination of how scripts are used to respond to indirect aggression will be especially helpful in understanding how institutional pressures influence this type of workplace aggression within organizations.Griffith Business School, Dept of Employment Relations and Human ResourcesNo Full Tex

Topics: Organisational Behaviour
Publisher: Emerald
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1108/S1746-979120140000010016
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