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Bullying In The Public Sector: An Emprirical Investigation
ECU Publications Pre. 2011
  • Peter Standen, Edith Cowan University
  • Maryam Omari, Edith Cowan University
Publication Date
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Management

This article was originally published as: Standen, P. P., & Omari, M. (2008). Bullying in the public sector: an emprirical investigation. Proceedings of European Academy of Management Conference. Ljublijana & Bled Slovenia. Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. Conference website available here.


Bullying appears to be a significant problem for public sector management, with some studies suggesting it is more prevalent than in the private sector. Further, recent trends emphasising New Public Management principles such as competition, accountability, flexibility and performance have been considered to lead to increased bullying. This study examined the prevalence and nature of bullying in the Australian Public Service CAPS). Results showed a significant amount of bullying; more so than both the APS own data and international studies in similar environments . A number of aspect of the results suggest the problem involves a systemic failure of management to adequately consider the human costs of modern public management principles.

Citation Information
Peter Standen and Maryam Omari. "Bullying In The Public Sector: An Emprirical Investigation" (2008)
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