BiographyDr. Carbo is a Professor of Management in the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University. He has a PhD in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell and a JD from Penn State University and a BBA in Accounting from Texas Christian University. Dr. Carbo has studied the area of workplace harassment and bullying for over two decades. He has worked in industry establishing anti-harassment policies for several Fortune 500 companies, has consulted with mid-size and smaller employers, academic institutions and labor unions on steps they can take to prevent, detect and remedy workplace harassment and bullying. Dr. Carbo also served on the EEOC Select Task Force for the study of Workplace Harassment. He is a practicing attorney in West Virginia and a Board Member of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition and the BATS Teachers organization.
Dr. Carbo began his career in studying workplace harassment while attending law school and exploring the cases leading up to the Supreme Court Faragher and Ellerth decisions. After these decisions, Dr. Carbo helped organizations to implement anti-harassment policies to meet legal requirements, but more importantly to achieve the three goals of preventing, detecting and remedying all forms of workplace harassment. As an HR and Employee Relations Manager, Dr. Carbo saw how harassment of any form, whether or not based on a protected status, could damage organizations by decreasing moral and commitment and increasing negative behaviors in the workplace. More importantly he recognized the severe damage to targets of workplace harassment.
As a result, Dr. Carbo decided to further study the issue through his PhD work. Here he expanded his exploration from the US legal definition of unlawful harassment (based on a protected status) to the exploration of workplace bullying. For the last ten plus years, Dr. Carbo has explored workplace bullying by immersing himself in qualitative in-depth research of the topic. He has interviewed dozens of targets of workplace bullying, represented clients who have been targeted, has engaged in the collection of hundreds of written narratives and stories of targets experiences. This has led Dr. Carbo to develop a comprehensive definition of workplace bullying and to developing solutions to eliminating bullying in the workplace. You can read more about Dr. Carbo’s findings and research in Understanding, Defining and Eliminating Workplace Bullying.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Employment Law, Workplace Bullying, Labor Relations, Union Revitalization, Socially Sustainable Business