TH-P01-047 - Workplace bullying allegations- a discursive psychology examination of how those accused respond.

Bullying and harassment
Poster Presentation
3 hours 30 minutes
O'Brien Foyer
Conflict in organizations
Bullying and harassment
Workplace bullying allegations- a discursive psychology examination of how those accused respond.
N. Thompson 1,*
1Psychology , Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Content: Purpose: Empirical evidence has shown that workplace bullying can cause significant detriment to victims and the wider organisation. A noted methodological limitation of existing research is the reliance on victim self-reports to describe the actions of those accused of bullying. Furthermore, few studies include data from the alleged bully. To address these gaps, the objective of this paper is to examine how those accused of bullying respond to the allegations made against them, through analysing naturalistic data collection.
Design /Methodology: An interactional analysis of a data corpus of video recordings (based in settings such as media interviews, public meetings/hearings) includes episodes of those accused of bullying responding to the allegations made. The analytic focus is the discursive processes through which those accused manage this threat to their identity and reputation.
Results: Those accused of bullying construct their identity from a position under threat through utilising a range of discursive strategies that respond to the allegation while dismissing any risk of further challenge.
Limitations:  The single focus on the accused is taken, however contextual data from the victim or bystanders is not available.
Research / Practical implications: The study offers new insight into the bully position; as the foundation of many bullying strategies, particularly formal processes, is how the accused responses to the allegation these findings have great practical usefulness.
Originality / value: Few studies to date have utilised data from those accused of bullying.The study uses a novel, under-utilised methodology in this area, offering new insights into the phenomenon.

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