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To help or not to help: Bystander behaviour in workplace bullying

Paull, M.ORCID: 0000-0001-8613-2159, Omari, M., D'Cruz, P. and Cangarli, B.G. (2016) To help or not to help: Bystander behaviour in workplace bullying. In: 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, 19 - 22 April, Auckland, New Zealand.


Studies of workplace bullying have only recently commenced exploration of the role and influence of bystanders. Even when bystanders are aware of bullying taking place, they do not directly intervene, and intervention is not the only role they can play. This study, part of a larger project to examine cross-cultural differences in workplace bullying, used online story-based questions to seek to understand bystander actions in workplace bullying scenarios. While limited in its scope, the study confirms a need for more in-depth research into the responses of bystanders to workplace bullying, and to the possibilities for empowering bystanders to take action for and on behalf of targets.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School Of Business and Governance
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