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Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace

Bordia, Prashant; Kiazad, Kohyar; Restubog, Simon; Difonzo, Nicholas; Stenson, Nicholas; Tang, Robert L.


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....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Group and Organization Management
DOI: 10.1177/1059601114540750


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