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Bullying In Academia: Results of a Survey of Health Administration Faculty

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Bullying behavior is costly in the workplace, but relatively little is known about the consequences of bullying in workplace environments comprised of highly professionalized and educated individuals. This paper examines the experiences and consequences, as well as potential sources of workplace bullying among healthcare management faculty members at major universities throughout the U.S. We electronically administered a survey on workplace bullying to 250 health administration faculty. In all, 134 faculty members responded, representing a 53% response rate. The majority of respondents (64%) reported experiencing bullying behaviors. Of those, 51% of the bullying experiences occurred or were observed to be directed at the Assistant Professor rank and 73% of experiences occurred while the targeted individual was untenured. Untenured respondents who reported being bullied were significantly (p 0.001) more likely to be bullied by tenured Full Professors. Finally, respondents reported a number of adverse consequences to bullying including anger, stress, frustration, and exhaustion. This research highlights the importance of recognizing that academic organizations may need to address bullying behaviors by faculty in order to manage the potentially harmful consequences of these behaviors.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • The Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which chronicles research, case studies, and essays by leading health administration educators and professionals.
    The Journal addresses key policy issues in health administration management nationally and internationally and is the foremost authoritative guide on the latest academic and professional developments in the field.
    As one of the only professional publications in the field, the Journal sets a standard in health administration education research.

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