The dark side of working online: Towards a definition and an Emotion Reaction model of workplace cyberbullying

Ivana Vranjes*, Elfi Baillien, Heidi Vandebosch, Sara Erreygers, Hans De Witte

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The introduction of new technologies created avenues for new forms of bullying. Despite an impressive body of research on cyberbullying amongst youngsters, studies in the work context have largely neglected its electronic counterpart. In this study, we define workplace cyberbullying and propose an Emotion Reaction Model of its occurrence. Our model aligns with the main proposition of the Affective Events Theory (Weiss & Cropanzano, 1996), that emotions evoked by certain work events may fuel emotion driven behaviors. However, in our model these relationships are further specified combining different literature traditions. Making inferences from the workplace bullying literature, we suggest work stressors to be the work events leading to cyberbullying. Furthermore, building on the literature on cyberbullying amongst youngsters, computer-mediated communication and emotions, we propose discrete emotions of anger, sadness and fear to play a significant role in explaining this stressor-cyberbullying relation. In addition, different moderators (i.e., control appraisal and emotion regulation) of this relationship are suggested and implications of the model are discussed.

Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftComputers in Human Behavior
NummerApril 2017
Sidor (från-till)324-334
Antal sidor11
StatusPublicerad - 01.04.2017
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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