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Workplace cyberbullying: A criminological and routine activity perspective

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posted on 2022-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Zhang, Dorothy Leidner, X Cao, N Liu
Extant research on the antecedents of workplace cyberbullying pays little attention to the role of perpetrator traits in influencing workplace cyberbullying, as well as the unique occurrence context that distinguishes workplace cyberbullying with juvenile cyberbullying, workplace bullying, and adult cyberbullying in general. To fill these gaps, we consider the antecedents of workplace cyberbullying under the theoretical lens of the general theory of crime and routine activities theory. We build a model incorporating low self-control, a widely discussed perpetrator trait in criminology theories, with three types of routine activities representing the unique occurrence context for workplace cyberbullying—mWork, boundary-spanning in enterprise social media, and proactive email checking. We tested our model with 2025 employees in the United States. Our findings demonstrate that low self-control and the three routine activities are strong motivators for workplace cyberbullying. Our findings further show that the effect of low self-control on workplace cyberbullying is amplified by the three routine activities. The study contributes to our understanding of why workplace cyberbullying occurs and offers potential implications for managers interested in reducing incidences of workplace cyberbullying in their organization.

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Journal

Journal of Information Technology

Volume

37

Pagination

51-79

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0268-3962

eISSN

1466-4437

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

SAGE

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