Perceptions and punishments of workplace aggression: The role of aggression content, context, and perceiver variables

  • Brown T
  • Sumner K
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Abstract

Aggressiveness and sanctioning ratings made by 360 undergraduates to scenarios of workplace aggression suggest that aggressor gender, occupational status of aggressor relative to the target of aggression, and type of aggression content (i.e., hostility, obstructionism, or overt) affected these ratings. The results support hypothesized main effects for aggression content and aggressor gender, and also a significant interaction between occupational status and aggressor gender. However, the results failed to confirm hypotheses that perceiver variables (e.g., trait aggression) would add significantly to the prediction of either aggressiveness ratings or sanctioning ratings. Implications for policy formation to manage aggressive individuals in organizations are discussed. © 2006 Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

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  • Theresa J. Brown

  • Kenneth E. Sumner

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