This study examines workplace bullying in a university setting. Specifically it examines how faculty members' tenure status is related to having been targets and witnesses of bullying at work and their responses to dissatisfaction at work. The research literature reveals a correlation between being a target of workplace bullying and the target's intent to leave. This study examines whether tenure status is associated with such a response, as well as other potential responses to workplace dissatisfaction. Analyses include exploration of target and witnessing rates by tenure status, analyses of significant differences in the degree to which faculty members are targeted, and prediction of response behaviors based on the experience of having been bullied and tenure status. The study similarly explores other demographic variables. Results indicate that tenure status does not significantly affect the rate of having been bullied or witnessing bullying, in terms of the percentage of each tenure status group that is affected. Tenure status is significantly associated with the number and frequency of bullying behaviors experienced by faculty members. Tenured and non-tenure-track faculty members are targeted with a significantly greater number of bullying behaviors than tenure-track faculty. Results indicate that tenure status is significantly associated with the likelihood a faculty member will exhibit certain responses to workplace dissatisfaction. Bullied faculty members with tenure are significantly less likely to leave the organization than the bullied tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. April 2012. Major: Educational Policy and Administration. Advisor: Melissa S. Anderson. 1 computer file (PDF): ix, 140 pages, appendix A.
Taylor, Susan K..
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