The abuse of formal and informal power: Workplace bullying as a dichotomous construct

McGrath, Donna-Louise (2010). The abuse of formal and informal power: Workplace bullying as a dichotomous construct. In: 2nd Global Conference, Bullying and The Abuse of Power Conference Programme, Abstracts and Papers. 2nd Global Conference, Bullying and The Abuse of Power: From the Playground to International Relations, Michna Palace, Prague, Czech Republic, (1-9). 8-10 November 2010.

Author McGrath, Donna-Louise
Title of paper The abuse of formal and informal power: Workplace bullying as a dichotomous construct
Conference name 2nd Global Conference, Bullying and The Abuse of Power: From the Playground to International Relations
Conference location Michna Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
Conference dates 8-10 November 2010
Proceedings title 2nd Global Conference, Bullying and The Abuse of Power Conference Programme, Abstracts and Papers
Place of Publication Inter-Disciplinary Press Web Site
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Workplace bullying is characterised by inequitable power relations between the perpetrator and the target; in which different sources of power are abused to bully. Informal power is derived from personal or social strengths, while formal power comes from legitimate control over human and physical resources. By drawing on the extant literature and the results of a workplace study, this paper demonstrates the need to measure workplace bullying as behaviours arising from the abuse of these dual power sources. Informal bullying includes behaviours employed by workers in any position, whereas formal bullying encompasses mutually exclusive behaviours which can only be employed by workers with formal power. It was concluded that workplace bullying should be treated as a dichotomous power construct.
Keyword Informal power
Formal power
Workplace bullying
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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