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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (1) : 135-143     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00135
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Social Undermining in Organization: Conceptualization, Consequences and Formation Mechanism
ZHU Di;DUAN Jinyun;TIAN Xiaoming
(Department of Psychology, Soochow University; Key Research Institute of Education Ministry-Center for Chinese Urbanization Studies, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China)
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Abstract  Social undermining refers to behavior intended to hinder the ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships, work-related success and favorable reputation over time. After introducing the concepts and measuring instruments of social undermining, the article summarized the negative influences of social undermining at the individual level which includes mental health and self-efficacy, and at the organizational climate level. Then the paper elucidated individual engagements and reactions about social undermining which were shaped by cognition, personality and other internal factors on the one hand, and were determined by social context, social support and other external factors on the other hand. Future studies about the conceptualization/measurement, methods and antecedents of social undermining were discussed as well.
Keywords social undermining      negative interpersonal behavior      mental health      organization performance     
Corresponding Authors: DUAN Jinyun;TIAN Xiaoming   
Issue Date: 15 January 2013
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ZHU Di,DUAN Jinyun,TIAN Xiaoming. Social Undermining in Organization: Conceptualization, Consequences and Formation Mechanism[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(1): 135-143.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00135     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2013/V21/I1/135
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