An approach-avoidance framework of workplace aggression

D. Lance Ferris, Ming Yan, Vivien K.G. Lim, Yuanyi Chen, Shereen Fatimah

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Abstract

The number of constructs developed to assess workplace aggression has flourished in recent years, leading to confusion over what meaningful differences exist (if any) between the constructs. We argue that one way to frame the field of workplace aggression is via approach-avoidance principles, with various workplace aggression constructs (e.g., abusive supervision, supervisor undermining, and workplace ostracism) differentially predicting specific approach or avoidance emotions and behaviors. Using two multi-wave field samples of employees, we demonstrate the utility of approach- avoidance principles in conceptualizing workplace aggression constructs, as well as the processes and boundary conditions through which they uniquely influence outcomes. Implications for the workplace aggression literature are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1777-1800
Number of pages24
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume59
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Supervisory personnel
Boundary conditions
Personnel
Work place
Avoidance
Aggression

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Lance Ferris, D., Yan, M., Lim, V. K. G., Chen, Y., & Fatimah, S. (2016). An approach-avoidance framework of workplace aggression. Academy of Management Journal, 59(5), 1777-1800. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2014.0221
Lance Ferris, D. ; Yan, Ming ; Lim, Vivien K.G. ; Chen, Yuanyi ; Fatimah, Shereen. / An approach-avoidance framework of workplace aggression. In: Academy of Management Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 59, No. 5. pp. 1777-1800.
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Lance Ferris, D, Yan, M, Lim, VKG, Chen, Y & Fatimah, S 2016, 'An approach-avoidance framework of workplace aggression', Academy of Management Journal, vol. 59, no. 5, pp. 1777-1800. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2014.0221

An approach-avoidance framework of workplace aggression. / Lance Ferris, D.; Yan, Ming; Lim, Vivien K.G.; Chen, Yuanyi; Fatimah, Shereen.

In: Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 59, No. 5, 01.10.2016, p. 1777-1800.

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Lance Ferris D, Yan M, Lim VKG, Chen Y, Fatimah S. An approach-avoidance framework of workplace aggression. Academy of Management Journal. 2016 Oct 1;59(5):1777-1800. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2014.0221