1st Edition

Gossip, Organization and Work
A Research Overview

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ISBN 9780367653002
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
120 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $59.95

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Book Description

The premise of this book is that research into gossip, organization, and work is an important idea whose time has come.

A key feature of the book is the inclusion of ‘practice points’ showing how – and where – theory and/or research intersect with practice, and vice versa. They are intended as signposts to future thinking and theorizing, tempting readers to venture outside of their ‘home’ disciplines and territories, conceptual comfort zones, and methodological mindsets. The overall aim of the book is to: (i) provide enough information for readers to decide where they might want to go next; (ii) offer some theoretical directions and ethical principles: and (iii) make suggestions regarding what academic-practitioner tools and techniques will help them along the way, including arts-based and mixed-methods research that focus on real word lived experience(s) of gossip.

It will be relevant to researchers at all stages of their career: from students at the start of their academic journey, to ‘seasoned’ scholars with more extensive experience. The book is also intended to be readable and relevant to practitioners with academic interests, who seek to reflect critically upon, and develop, their practice in times of turbulence, change, and the COVID-19 era.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Gossip, organization and work 2. Key literature and theoretical perspectives 3. Research methods and practices 4. Researching organizational gossip: ethical considerations 5. Future directions and pathways to practice-based knowledge

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Kathryn Waddington is Reader in Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Westminster, UK.


"Gossip, Organization and Work: A Research Overview takes a long overdue look at the role of gossip and organizations, arguing that it is constitutive of organizational life. This book is a must read for students of organizations wanting to understand the social, organizational, and ethical functions of gossip." Gail T. Fairhurst, Distinguished University Research Professor, University of Cincinnati USA

"Rather than being discounted as trivial talk, Kathryn Waddington vividly captures the ubiquity and functionality of gossip as it pertains to work and organizational life. Her book presents a rich and engaging narrative that offers new insights to everyone who experiences organizations and who shares, listens to, reads, or observes gossip." Grant Michelson, Professor of Management, Macquarie University Australia

"Gossip is the stuff of a workplace’s culture and may be an important alarm bell that leaders need to hear. Waddington outlines research strategies for approaching this slippery and changing phenomenon in the COVID era, when work and workplaces are also slippery and changing." Nick O’Connor, Clinical Lead, NSW Excellence Commission Australia

"It is rare for a text to be scholarly and enjoyable, yet Kathryn Waddington’s new book Gossip, Organization and Work: A Research Overview achieves just that. Aimed at academics and practitioners, both groups will find much to engage, provoke, and stimulate their thinking, on this important yet neglected topic." Jo Silvester, Professor of Work Psychology, Loughborough University, UK