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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (4): 702-710.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00702

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The Antecedents and Consequences of Workplace Negative Gossip: From the Target's Perspective

YUE Wenzhong1; WU Longzeng2; YANG Ziwei3; ZHAI Haiyan3,4   

  1. (1 School of Finance and Economics, Anhui Science and Technology University, Bengbu 233100, China) (2 School of Management, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China) (3 School of International Business Administration, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China) (4 School of Business Administration, Shanghai Finance University, Shanghai 201209, China)
  • Received:2014-06-14 Online:2015-04-15 Published:2015-04-15
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Workplace gossip is widespread in various organizations and becomes an influential non-official information channel. Workplace negative gossip consists of three parties: senders, receivers, and targets. Previous research on workplace gossip has focused on senders or receivers by using laboratory and small sample size data. Lack of attention has been paid to the gossip victims by using large sample data. The present study reviewed the literature of the antecedents and outcomes of workplace negative gossip according to the victim perspective and provided a framework for future studies.

Key words: gossip, rumor, workplace negative gossip, workplace violence