Date of Award

11-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Daneene Barton

Abstract

The study of public administration and organizational management practices include leadership theories and the impact these leaders have on the success of the organization and public policies. The problem with workplace bullying includes the costs of bullying actions to the organization, and the detrimental effects to the individual which increase costs to society, and the public (Namie, 2014). The purpose of this study is to discuss and explore the phenomenon of workplace bullying. The research collected in this study is both qualitative and quantitative and includes independent variables to identify the leadership styles of bullies. Case studies and surveys were collected, patterned, and analyzed. Data was evaluated to provide cumulative findings to further the knowledge of workplace bullying. Hiring practices, tolerance, and the organizational culture were identified as intervening variables and predictors to this phenomenon. Recent California mandates were explored and discussed. The findings of this study support promoting intervening variables which include a change in the culture and public policies to eliminate bullying. The practical implication to public organizations today is to bring awareness to current movement and practices of public administration. The intent of this paper is to advance the significance of this topic, challenge new public leaders to identify workplace bullying, eliminate its costs to society, and make positive changes within the public arena as visionary leaders.

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