Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ethical challenge at work?

Are you currently dealing with an ethically challenging workplace?
Are you currently facing an ethical challenge or dilemma in your workplace?
John Neil, a PhD candidate from the University of New South Wales, is conducting a study exploring the emotional dimensions of people’s experiences of ethically challenging situations in organizations.  John is particularly keen to discuss these issues with people who are dealing with such a dilemma at the moment to establish how they deal with the situation as it unfolds or develops over time.
John would like to interview you to explore the ethical challenge you are facing, the emotional dimensions of your experience and how the organization you work in responds to the issue. 

This project has been approved by the university’s ethics committee and all the information you provide will remain confidential and will be de-identified in any reports of the research.
If you are interested in participating, please go to John’s website , Facebook to find out more about this research and how you can contact him.  He can also be contacted by email (John.Neil@uts.edu.au) or Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/livedethics
This is a great opportunity to have your experiences heard as well as to contribute to a better understanding of ethically challenging workplaces.


  1. The UoN is the most ethically challenging workplace I've been at and I've worked in many places before. I can cite hundreds of examples to illustrate this and Mr Neil will have my first-hand experience in his research.

  2. To fail or not to fail? That is the ongoing ethical dilemma at the UoN.

  3. To expose plagiarism or not to expose is another constant ethical dilemma facing academics at the UoN. Lives and careers have been destroyed for doing so and the plagiarists have been generously rewarded with promotions and other sorts of career advancements. Such is the ethical bottom line!

  4. Do you expose your HoS when he's used mostly 2-page C3 articles and very little else to get promoted to Asso/Prof when you know at that level one needs to have at least a few C1 articles in reputable journals, if not a book or two? You also want to know whether the chairman of the uni's promotions committee and the members all went to sleep. It's an ethical dilemma!!!