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Workplace Bullying and the Chinese Manufacturing Employee
Journal of Managerial Psychology
  • Randi L. Sims, Huizenga College of Business, Nova Southeastern University
  • P. Sun
Document Type
Article
Date
1-1-2012
ISSN or ISBN
0268-3946
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Description
Purpose – The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between witnessing workplace bullying behavior and employee attitudes and intentions to turnover. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 150 full‐time employees from two mid‐sized indigenous private manufacturing plants from the province of Henan, China were surveyed at a single point in time. Findings – Findings indicate a negative relationship between witnessing workplace bullying and employee satisfaction and commitment. In addition, strain and satisfaction fully mediate the relationship between witnessing workplace bullying and employee intention to turnover. Research limitations/implications – Given the link between witnessing workplace bullying and employee attitudes, it is important for Chinese managers to ensure that interactions with employees maintain a positive and professional tone. Originality/value – The paper's findings suggest that it is not necessary for an employee to be the personal victim of bullying behavior, rather an employee need only be an observer of workplace bullying in order to experience increases in physical and emotional strain.
DOI
10.1108/02683941211193839
Citation Information
Randi L. Sims and P. Sun. "Workplace Bullying and the Chinese Manufacturing Employee" Journal of Managerial Psychology Vol. 27 Iss. 1 (2012) p. 9 - 26
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/randi-sims/22/