African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4188

Full Length Research Paper

Relationship between workplace bullying and organizational cynicism in Turkish public universities

Akdeniz University, Faculty of Education, Campus, Antalya/Turkey.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 31 May 2012
  •  Published: 29 August 2012


The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of organizational cynicism on workplace bullying and to identify the types of workplace bullying faculty members at the universities face based on their status. In this study, quantitative research design was used and data was gathered from 320 volunteer faculty members who are working in different universities. Faculty members have negative attitudes toward their organizations and they believe that there is lack of integrity in their universities. Workplace bullying is initially work-related and then person-related. There is a negative and strong relationship between the organizational cynicism and workplace bullying. The workplace bullying types that the faculty members face are slander, compulsion to leave the university, not being granted tenure at universities, favoritism, alienation, having problems in administrative permissions to attend different congresses and prevention of the use of sources.


Key words: Organizational cynicism, workplace bullying, faculty members, public universities, Turkey.