State of the Science, 2008
Anybody seeking an overall picture in 2008, of research and scholarship
on workplace bullying, mobbing, harassment and abuse, need look no further
than the Sixth International Conference on these topics, held in Montreal,
Quebec, in the first week of June. It was an extraordinary event, drawing
major researchers from about thirty countries.
Have a look at the conference
Study the presentation titles on the conference
Read the following independent reports on the conference by three members
of the research team on workplace mobbing at the University of Waterloo:
"Language Barriers and Bullying,"
by Hannah Masterman, Research Assistant;
"Theoretical Dialects and Conflicting
Perceptions," by Rachel Morrison, Research Assistant; and
"The Birth of a Learned Society,"
by Kenneth Westhues, Professor of Sociology.
Learn from retrospectives on the conference by leaders of the anti-bullying
movement in the United States:
WBI Report," by Gary and Ruth Namie, Workplace Bullying
Institute, Bellingham, WA (external link);
"Immersion in the Twisted
World of Abuse at Work," by David Yamada, Professor
of Law, Suffolk University, Boston.
Even if you don't read Spanish, you will enjoy the pictorial
record of the conference posted by the delegation from Mexico
on the rich website of Marina Parés, Acoso
Ponder the provocative assessment of current research in Kenneth Westhues's
presentation at the conference, "Critiques
of the Anti-Bullying Movement and Responses to Them."
Study the outcomes of Court Cases on
Moral Harassment in Japan, as reported by the Association
Against Workplace Moral Harassment, half a dozen of whose members took
part in the Montreal conference.
(And if you attended the conference yourself and would like to add your
own retrospective reflections to those published here, send them to us