Bullying in the 21st century global organization: An ethical perspective

Michael Harvey*, Darren Treadway, Joyce Thompson Heames, Allison Duke

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The complex global business environment has created a host of problems for managers, none of which is more difficult to address than bullying in the workplace. The rapid rate of change and the ever-increasing complexity of organizational environments of business throughout the world have increased the opportunity for bullying to occur more frequently. This article addresses the foundations of bullying by examining the 'nature' (i.e., bullying behavior influenced by the innate genetic make-up of an individual) and the 'nurture' (i.e., individuals learn to be bullies and environments allow the behavior to perpetuate) arguments for the occurrence of bullying behavior. In addition, guidelines are presented for managers in global organizations to use in assessing and monitoring bullying activities in global organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-40
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


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