Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace

Prashant Bordia, Kohyar Kiazad, Simon Lloyd D Restubog, Nicholas DiFonzo, Nicholas Stenson, Robert L. Tang

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Abstract

Two studies that examined the role of revenge in rumor transmission and involved working adults as participants are reported. Study 1 used hypothetical scenarios to manipulate organizational treatment of an employee and the believability of a rumor. Participants had higher intention to transmit a harmful rumor when the organization broke job-related promises (i.e., breached the psychological contract) and revenge motivation mediated this relationship. Believability of the rumor had no effect. Study 2 used a field survey methodology and, controlling for social desirability, replicated the results for self- and peer-reported rumor transmission behavior. Study 2 also showed that participants’ belief in negative reciprocity norm strengthened the relationship between breach and revenge motivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-388
Number of pages26
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Motivation
Social Desirability
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Psychology
Rumor
Revenge
Work place
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Therapeutics
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Keywords

  • communication
  • social exchange
  • workplace deviance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Bordia, P., Kiazad, K., Restubog, S. L. D., DiFonzo, N., Stenson, N., & Tang, R. L. (2014). Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace. Group and Organization Management, 39(4), 363-388. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059601114540750

Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace. / Bordia, Prashant; Kiazad, Kohyar; Restubog, Simon Lloyd D; DiFonzo, Nicholas; Stenson, Nicholas; Tang, Robert L.

In: Group and Organization Management, Vol. 39, No. 4, 01.08.2014, p. 363-388.

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Bordia, P, Kiazad, K, Restubog, SLD, DiFonzo, N, Stenson, N & Tang, RL 2014, 'Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace', Group and Organization Management, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 363-388. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059601114540750
Bordia P, Kiazad K, Restubog SLD, DiFonzo N, Stenson N, Tang RL. Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace. Group and Organization Management. 2014 Aug 1;39(4):363-388. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059601114540750
Bordia, Prashant ; Kiazad, Kohyar ; Restubog, Simon Lloyd D ; DiFonzo, Nicholas ; Stenson, Nicholas ; Tang, Robert L. / Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace. In: Group and Organization Management. 2014 ; Vol. 39, No. 4. pp. 363-388.
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