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)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Women in the workplace

An article in Time Magazine gives some reasons from a new study "Why women don't always help other women".
"So-called female tokens (ouch!) in the upper levels of the business world are less inclined to help out female newcomers in their industry, according to research conducted by Olin Business School professor Michelle Duguid". 

If there is only a small number of women in a workplace, this research shows that you’re more likely to be compared with other women. Will you be judged as less qualified, less competent, less able?????

“Competitive threat is the fear that a highly qualified female candidate might be more qualified, competent or accepted than you are,” Duguid explained.

This research fits in well with the findings from bullying studies that it is often more competent and/or more qualified people who are the victims of bullying.

Madeleine Albright once noted that there is “a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.".
This "special place" must be pretty crowded at the University of Newcastle (Employer of Choice for Women???).


  1. Bullied by one of John Germov's female crewMay 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    I was bullied out of John Germov's School of Humanities and Social sciences (when he was head of school). The main bully in my case was a female professor who gathered a dodgy team around her - I do not think I was a threat to her but I was certainly more qualified and experienced than the women that she supported and promoted within her "team". The professor is management's darling so she continues to prosper, regardless of her bullying treatment of me and others and her unethical behaviour.

    1. Bullied by one of John Germov's female crewMay 13, 2012 9:25 AM

      This female member of the famous crew has a lot of expertise in "violence" and has used it on me and others who are too scared of her to say anything in public, but privately, they all know the truth of what's going on. There's a whole group of us who have fallen foul. Sadly, you have not been alone.

      I am only one of your fellow sufferers.

  2. I think this is definitely not the end of the skeletons coming out of John Germov's cupboard. The guy is a bullying master and has quite a few clever fellow bullies on his team. I heard the female bully in question has thrived even more after Germov became PVC for a 5-year term. She is apparently not a full professor (the full professors there don't have as much power if they don't play politics), but is very insulated with Germov in power. They operate like a pack of wolves and the staff there have either become completely silent (fear) to keep out of trouble, i.e. being set up by a pack of wolves or by selling out by aiding this pack of wolves. I know this too well from my experience there a couple of years ago. There's no hope for that place if they don't get rid of the scourge of bullies.

  3. I was shocked by the recent promotion of a notorious female bully to full professor. I watched with horror over the years how she helped promote cronies and destroyed the careers of others.

    I also heard that she has plagiarised a master's thesis of a student and she's got away with it all. That's a genius stroke indeed.

    Maybe next she is going to be head-hunted by some big think tank to do more of her trade-mark "work".