1st Edition

Insidious Workplace Behavior

Edited By Jerald Greenberg Copyright 2010
    408 Pages
    by Routledge

    408 Pages
    by Routledge

    Insidious Workplace Behavior (IWB) refers to low-level, pervasive acts of deviance directed at individual or organizational targets. Because of its inherently stealthy nature, scientists have paid little attention to IWB, allowing us to know very little about it. With this book, that now is changing. The present volume - the first to showcase this topic - presents original essays by top organizational scientists who share the most current thinking about IWB. Contributors examine, for example, the many forms that IWB takes, focusing on its antecedents, consequences, and moderators. They also highlight ways that organizational leaders can manage and constrain IWB so as to attenuate its adverse effects. And to promote both theory and practice in IWB, contributors also discuss the special problems associated with researching IWB and strategies for overcoming them.

    Aimed at students, scholars, and practitioners in the organizational sciences - especially industrial-organizational psychology, organizational behavior, and human resource management - this seminal volume promises to inspire research and practice for years to come.

    Part 1. Introduction. M.S. Edwards, J. Greenberg, What is Insidious Workplace Behavior? Part 2. Forms of Insidious Workplace Behavior. J.H. Neuman, L. Keashly, Means, Motive Opportunity and Aggressive Workplace Behavior. M.A. Seabright, M.L. Ambrose, M. Schminke, Two Images of Workplace Sabotage. D.A. Jones, Getting Even for Interpersonal Mistreatment in the Workplace: Triggers of Revenge Motives and Behavior. C.M. Pearson, Research on Workplace Incivility and its Connection to Practice. C. Fitzgerald Boxer, T.E. Ford, Sexist Humor in the Workplace: A Case of Subtle Harassment. S.L. Glover, Lying to Bosses, Subordinates, Peers and the Outside World: Motivations and Consequences. Part 3. Methodological Issues. S.M. Jex, J.L. Burnfield Geimer, O. Clark, A.M. Guidroz, J.E. Yugo, Challenges and Recommendations in the Measurement of Workplace Incivility. P.E. Spector, O.B. Rodopman, Methodological Issues in Studying Insidious Workplace Behavior. Part 4. Integration. M.S. Edwards, J. Greenberg, Issues and Challenges in Studying Insidious Workplace Behavior.


    Jerald Greenberg is Senior Psychologist at the RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice and is retired as Abramowitz Professor of Business Ethics at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. He has served as Associate Editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. In addition to 25 books, Greenberg has published over 150 articles and chapters, most in the field he helped develop, organizational justice. Recognizing a lifetime of research accomplishments, Greenberg he has won the "Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Management Award" granted in 2007 by the Academy of Management, the "Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award" granted in 2006 by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the "Herbert Heneman Career Achievement Award" granted by the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management granted in 2005. Based on citation counts, Dr. Greenberg has been identified as the 37th most influential management scholar (Podsakoff et al., 2008). 

    "Undeniably some fascinating insights. ... The idea that workplace behaviour is insidious points us toward the consideration of some behavioural developments that are clearly of great significance in contemporary organizations." - Stephen Ackroyd, University of Lancaster Management School, UK, in Administrative Science Quarterly

    "In short, this first volume on the subject illuminates an entire segment of misconduct occurring more subtley on the premises of our work. In doing so, the book aims to stimulate and even speed, reflection and action in an area already in turmoil. This contribution has the merit to provide readers with different backgrounds and varied interests of methods, tools and practical or theoretical reflections. ... After reading this collective work, the regulars in the study of antisocial and deviant behavior at work will find new life to their actions, thoughts or investigations." - François Courcy, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

    "This is an outstanding book which has to be ready by anybody interested in human behavior at work, but also in life more generally. It is sad to say in this frenetic, competitive and insecure world, that insidious behavior is more prevalent now than ever before. It is a must read for all concerned with the human condition of the 21st century." - Cary L. Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School, UK

    "Greenberg, along with a stellar cast of contributors, takes the reader on an enormously insightful and productive journey, probing one of the most prevalent, painful and disturbing forms of contemporary workplace behavior—insidious behaviors. Whether it’s lying, sexist humor or verbal abuse, bad behavior seems to roam widely over today’s organizational landscapes. Greenberg et al. document the severity of the problem, analyze its many roots, and help us understand constructive remedies. This is truly a ‘must read’ for anyone hoping to create a more civil and nurturing workplace environment." - Roderick M. Kramer, William R. Kimball Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA 

    "Insidious workplace behavior is harmful, important and prevalent in organizational life, yet no one has dealt with it until now. This book should be required reading for every scholar and manager concerned about workplace dysfunction." - Sandra L. Robinson, Distinguished University Scholar, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada 

    "Jerry Greenberg has made numerous seminal contributions to the field of workplace psychology. Insidious Workplace Behavior stands as his latest in a long line of path-breaking projects. Jerry and his colleagues have, in a single impressive volume, summarized the latest thinking about this important area of work and outlined an important program of ‘next steps’ to guide future theory, research, and practice." - Ricky W. Griffin, Distinguished Professor of Management and Blocker Chair in Business, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, USA