Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace

Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace

by Steven M. Elias (Editor)


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Workplace crimes are never far from the news. From major scandals like Enron to violent crimes committed by co-workers to petty theft of office supplies, deviant and criminal behavior is common in the workplace. Psychological factors are almost always involved when an employee engages in such behavior.

Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace offers insights at the level of the individual employee and also sheds light on the role organizations themselves may play in fostering such criminal behavior. The volume considers psychological factors involved in theft and fraud, workplace violence, employee discrimination, and sexual harassment. It also analyses a number of variables which can influence such behavior including employee personality, employee emotional processes, experience of occupational stress, organizational culture, organizational injustice, and human resource management practices. The book will be of core interest to those interested in the psychology and sociology of work, organizational behavior, and human resource management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814722619
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2013
Series: Psychology and Crime Series , #5
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Steven M. Elias is Head of the Management Department at New Mexico State University.

Table of Contents

Part I : Introduction
1 Conceptual Foundations: Insights from Criminology
and the Sociology of Work
Part I I : Employee Characteristics Associated
with D viant Workplace Behavior
2 Emotions and Deviance
3 Born to Be Deviant? An Examination of the Relationship
between Workplace Deviance and Employee Personality
4 The Role of Occupational Stress in Workplace Deviance
Part I I I : Organizational Influences on
Deviant Workplace Behavior
5 Accounting in Organizational Environments:
Contextualizing Rules and Fraud
6 Human Resource Management and Deviant/Criminal
Behavior in Organizations
Part IV : The Rol e of ( In) Justice and Social Power
in Deviant Workplace Behavior
7 Hazards of Justice: Egocentric Bias, Moral Judgments
and Revenge-Seeking
8 The Role of Social Power in Sexual Harassment
and Job Discrimination
Part V : Violence in the Workplace
9 When Employees Turn Violent: The Potential Role
• f Workplace Culture in Triggering Deviant Behavior
10 Workplace Violence: Prevention and Aftermath

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From the Publisher

Never before have we had a resource that has brought together research that thoughtfully considers the full spectrum of deviance; who enacts deviance; the environmental conditions that drive people to deviance; and the consequences of deviances on actors, victims, and bystanders. This is a valuable volume for anyone with interest in the issues inherent to complex people working together within complex systems."-Deborah E. Rupp,William C. Byham Chair in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Purdue University

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