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Business and Professional Ethics Journal

Volume 36, Issue 1, Spring 2017

Deniz Öztürk, Semra F. Aşcıgil
Pages 103-126
DOI: 10.5840/bpej2016122752

Workplace Bullying among Public Sector Employees
Reflections upon Organizational Justice Perceptions and Organizational Citizenship Behavior

This study aims to explore the influence of workplace bullying incidences on both targets and bystanders with respect to their perceptions of organizational justice and organizational citizenship behavior. Responses from 288 white-collar public employees revealed that one third of the participants stated themselves as being exposed to workplace bullying behavior in the last six months. As hypothesized, findings support the view that workplace bullying experience plays a significant negative role in organizational justice and citizenship behavior perceptions. Moreover, a significant negative effect is also found on justice perceptions and citizenship behavior of bystanders. Subjective evaluations did not reveal a significant effect in both cases.