Who are the objects of positive and negative gossip at work? A social network perspective on workplace gossip

Lea Ellwardt*, Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, Rafael Wittek

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Gossip is informal talking about colleagues. Taking a social network perspective, we argue that group boundaries and social status in the informal workplace network determine who the objects of positive and negative gossip are. Gossip networks were collected among 36 employees in a public child care organization, and analyzed using exponential random graph modeling (ERGM). As hypothesized, both positive and negative gossip focuses on colleagues from the own gossiper's work group. Negative gossip is relatively targeted, with the objects being specific individuals, particularly those low in informal status. Positive gossip, in contrast, is spread more evenly throughout the network. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)193-205
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftSocial Networks
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - mei-2012

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