Workplace bullying: Lessons from the special events industry Article

Kitterlin-Lynch, M, Tanke, M, Stevens, DP. (2016). Workplace bullying: Lessons from the special events industry . EVENT MANAGEMENT, 20(3), 409-417. 10.3727/152599516X14682560744875

cited authors

  • Kitterlin-Lynch, M; Tanke, M; Stevens, DP


  • It is estimated that more than 53.5 million workers have been the victim of workplace bullying in the US. The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of workplace bullying behaviors in the special events industry. A survey of 447 hospitality workers indicated that special events workers witness significantly less bullying behaviors than their non-special events hospitality counterparts. Specifically, special events workers reported witnessing less of the following bullying behaviors: "exclusion," "gossip," "glaring," "space invasion," "intimidating discipline," "innuendo and sarcasm," "wrongful judgment," "public shaming," and "work left for others" than workers in all other facets of the hospitality industry. Practical implications and recommendations for future study are provided.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016

published in

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 409

end page

  • 417


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