Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace

Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace

Steven M. Elias

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780814722602

Publisher: NYU Press


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. This book 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. It considers psychological factors involved in theft and fraud, workplace violence, employee discrimination, and sexual harassment. It also analyzes 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.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

1 Conceptual Foundations

Randy Hodson and Gary F. Jensen

Part II Employee Characteristics Associated with Deviant Workplace Behavior

2 Emotions and Deviance

Rebecca Michalak and Neal M. Ashkanasy

3 Born to Be Deviant?

Christine A. Henle and Michael A. Gross

Part III Organizational Influences on Deviant Workplace Behavior

5 Accounting in Organizational Environments

William L. Smith, Brandon Hill Haines, and Cindy L. Seipel

6 Human Resource Management and Deviant/Criminal Behavior in Organizations

Philip G. Benson, Glennis M. Hanley, and Wesley A. Scroggins

Part IV The Role of (In)Justice and Social Power in Deviant Workplace Behavior

7 Hazards of Justice

Russell Cropanzano and Carolina Moliner

8 The Role of Social Power in Sexual Harassment and Job Discrimination

Steven M. Elias, Lindsey A. Gibson, and Chet E. Barney

Part V Violence in the Workplace

9 When Employees Turn Violent

Ricky W. Griffin and Yvette P. Lopez

10 Workplace Violence

Allen K. Hess and Clara E. Hess