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Aggression with a conscience: a rational and moral framework for proactive workplace aggression

Dixon, Aurora J., Chang, Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) and Johnson, Russell E. 2015, Aggression with a conscience: a rational and moral framework for proactive workplace aggressionMistreatment in organizations, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, Eng., pp.81-106, doi: 10.1108/S1479-355520150000013003.

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Title Aggression with a conscience: a rational and moral framework for proactive workplace aggression
Author(s) Dixon, Aurora J.
Chang, Chu-Hsiang (Daisy)
Johnson, Russell E.
Title of book Mistreatment in organizations
Publication date 2015
Series Research in occupational stress and well-being
Start page 81
End page 106
Total pages 26
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of Publication Bingley, Eng.
Summary A number of theoretical frameworks exist to explain perpetrators’ motivation for workplace aggression. Most of them consider these behaviors as retaliatory actions from individuals who experience triggering events in their workplaces. The current chapter describes a model that focuses on the motivations underlying proactive workplace aggression, and identifies situations where perpetrators consider their aggressive behaviors as morally justifiable. In particular, we argue that depending on the targets’ in- versus out-group membership and higher- versus lower-status in the hierarchy, aggressive behaviors may be viewed as acceptable to achieve perpetrators’ goals of forcing compliance or managing identity. The model extends the current literature by considering non-retaliatory workplace aggression, and by identifying potential avenues for future research and intervention to reduce proactive workplace aggression.
ISBN 9781785601170
ISSN 1479-3555
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/S1479-355520150000013003
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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