Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 261–275 | Cite as

Workplace Bullying in Academia Creates a Negative Work Environment. An Italian Study

  • Gabriele GiorgiEmail author


Workplace bullying is recognized internationally as a serious problem, but few studies have been conducted in Academia to assess the risk of bullying. A survey was taken in a large-sized Italian university to identify possible relationships between working environment, bullying at work and health. The aim of the current study is to show that workplace bullying has an indirect relationship with health through organizational climate. Over 300 Italian employees completed a survey on organizational environment, bullying and health. Structural equation modelling was used in order to test the hypothesis. A model of bullying at work was developed in which bullying influence health both directly and indirectly through the partial mediation of organizational climate. Overall, these findings suggest that bullying can be considered also as a cause, rather than a consequence of organizational climate.

Key words

Workplace bullying Organizational health Academia Organizational climate Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversità Europea di RomaRomeItaly

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