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Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace

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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorBordia, Prashant
dc.contributor.authorKiazad, Kohyar
dc.contributor.authorRestubog, Simon
dc.contributor.authorDifonzo, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorStenson, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorTang, Robert L.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:32:08Z
dc.identifier.issn1059-6011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/75444
dc.description.abstractTwo 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.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceGroup and Organization Management
dc.titleRumor as Revenge in the Workplace
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume39
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor150300 - BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB4621
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBordia, Prashant, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationKiazad, Kohyar, Monash University
local.contributor.affiliationRestubog, Simon, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDifonzo, Nicholas, Rochester Institute of Technology
local.contributor.affiliationStenson, Nicholas, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationTang, Robert L., De La Salle College of Saint Benilde
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage363
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage388
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1059601114540750
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T09:05:12Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84907173643
local.identifier.thomsonID000342389300001
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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