Petty Tyranny in Organizations

  title={Petty Tyranny in Organizations},
  author={Blake E. Ashforth},
  journal={Human Relations},
  pages={755 - 778}
  • B. Ashforth
  • Published 1 July 1994
  • Psychology
  • Human Relations
A petty tyrant is defined as one who lords his or her power over others. Preliminary empirical work suggests that tyrannical behaviors include arbitrariness and self-aggrandizement, belittling others, lack of consideration, a forcing style of conflict resolution, discouraging initiative, and noncontingent punishment. A model of the antecedents of tyrannical management and the effects of tyranny on subordinates is presented. Petty tyranny is argued to be the product of interactions between… 
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