Employing Sensemaking to Counter Workplace Bullying Research Proposal by Nicky

Employing Sensemaking to Counter Workplace Bullying
A study proposal to determine if the employment of sensemaking by an organization, along with the implementation of specific anti-bullying strategies, will benefit both the bullied individual and the organization.
# 149035 | 5,156 words | 21 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2011 in Psychology (Social) , Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources)

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The paper presents a multi-method study to investigate the contemporary, world-wide phenomenon of workplace bullying and to discover effective practices to counter the debilitating practice. Specifically, this study explores how the employment of sensemaking, along with specific anti-bullying strategies, counters challenges that bullying in the workplace presents and also benefits the organization. The paper outlines the organization of the study as well its significance to this researcher. Some of the references provided have been annotated.

Background for the Study
Definitions of Bullying
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Study
Bullying Related Stress
Significance of the Study
Rationale for the Study
Hypothesis and Research Questions
Organizational Factors Relating to Bullying
Considerations to Counter Bullying
Organization of the Study
Study Aim and Objectives

From the Paper:

"The researcher, as a number of researchers, such as Ruth Namie, for instance, has personally experienced bullying in the workplace. At the time the bullying occurred, which lasted for 15 months and finally ended a year and a half ago, the researcher did not realize the actions by the researcher's female supervisor did, in fact, constitute bullying. Right after the researcher contacted HR in tears, with overwhelming fear, the researcher had to be hospitalized for two weeks as a result of the bullying induced PTSD and anxiety/depression.
"Despite the horrific experience of being bullied at work during this time, by a "serial bully," who was, nevertheless, found "not guilty" after the company investigation, the researcher managed to keep life intact. Currently, the researcher works as a Crisis Clinician under a different supervisor who instead of engaging in workplace bullying makes a point to treat subordinates with respect and is sensitive to their perceptions.
"Following the trying, debilitating experience of being a victim of workplace bullying, the researcher determined to complete this present dissertation on Workplace Bullying. After researching the phenomenon and discovering the Bullying Institute, the researcher accumulated a myriad of articles on this contemporary, increasing harmful phenomenon. The researcher finds particularly discouraging that in the workplace, women frequently bully other women. From the researcher's personal experience, it became evident that the individual being bullied experiences a difficult time adjusting to the bullying that occurs in the organization."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Agervold, M. (2009). The significance of organizational factors for the incidence of bullying. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. The Scandinavian Psychological Associations. Volume 50, Issue 3, Pages 267 - 276. Retrieved June 21, 2009 from http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122249653/abstract
  • Baillien, E., Neyens, I. Witte, H.D. & Cuyper, N.D. (2008). A qualitative study on the development of workplace bullying: Towards a three way model. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Volume 19 Issue 1, Pages 1 - 16. Retrieved June 21, 2009 from http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121531717/abstract
  • Branch, S., Ramsay, S. &Barker, M. (2007). Managers in the firing line: Contributing factors to workplace bullying by staff - an interview study. Journal of Management and Organization. Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3 1372794251.html
  • Caliendo. H. (2008). Workplace bullying: Tulsa speaker says the epidemic keeps spreading. The Journal Record. Dolan Media Company MN. 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-19366118.html
  • Dereshiwsky, M. (1999). All the world's a stage: Framing your problem statement. Northern Arizona University. Retrieved June 21, 2009 from http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~mid/edr720/class/literature/stage/reading2-2-1.html

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APA Format

Employing Sensemaking to Counter Workplace Bullying (2011, November 20) Retrieved October 03, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/employing-sensemaking-to-counter-workplace-bullying-149035/

MLA Format

"Employing Sensemaking to Counter Workplace Bullying" 20 November 2011. Web. 03 October. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/employing-sensemaking-to-counter-workplace-bullying-149035/>