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Active and Passive Accomplices: The Communal Character of Workplace Bullying

  title={Active and Passive Accomplices: The Communal Character of Workplace Bullying},
  author={Gary Namie and Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik},
  journal={International Journal of Communication},
When aggressive organizational members bully others, they rarely do so without accomplices. In the current study, bullied workers (targets) and non-bullied bystanders (witnesses) who observed bullying reported that persistent abuse involved either several harassers or support for solitary harassers. Active accomplices were other aggressors; passive accomplices included upper managers, HR staff, the bullies' peers, and, in some cases, even the targeted persons’ peers. Respondents also believed… 

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