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)
Monday, March 25, 2013
McMillen criticises Newcastle Herald article on exodus of senior staff
The Newcastle Herald states that
"Professor McMillen said in her email the idea ‘‘that some of our senior staff had left because they were not viewed to be part of the future of this great institution’’ was ‘‘complete rubbish’’."
She goes on to say that "Clearly, the natural history of academic careers was less compelling than some mischievous conspiracy theory or some disaffected gossip."
The Herald reported that they had spoken to "three senior academic staff". McMillen called them "three anonymous colleagues" (they are obviously still employed by the university).
According to the Newcastle Herald, they have been contacted by other academics over the weekend "to praise the article" (i.e. the Herald's original article on the exodus).