Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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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, November 24, 2015

WHO GETS PUT IN CHARGE WHEN BUSINESSES ARE DOING BADLY?

"Women and people of color are more likely to be promoted to struggling companies, a new study finds. Worse, if they can’t engineer a big turnaround and performance declines during their tenure, they’re likely to be replaced with a white man, which the authors call the “savior effect.”

"Why would that be? They note that past research has found that decision makers view women and people of color as less capable of leadership than white men, but that poor performance may make them think they need different qualities. For example, they may want to bring in women because women are assumed to be sensitive and cooperative, which may be more valuable in tough times. Men of color are also thought to be more warm and relational." (to read more, click here).

"Why would that be? They note that past research has found that decision makers view women and people of color as less capable of leadership than white men, but that poor performance may make them think they need different qualities. For example, they may want to bring in women because women are assumed to be sensitive and cooperative, which may be more valuable in tough times."

Is this why the University of Newcastle has a female Vice Chancellor?

Is this why she deals with problematic issues by covering them up rather than dealing with them?

Is this why she does not want to meet anyone from our group - that would be to acknowledge that there is a problem of bullying and harassment at the University?

1 comment:

  1. I don't know about the case above but I have heard of other corporations installing a dummy head whilst the mechanics of the whole operation disintegrate.

    The University of Newcastle has the Charlie Sheen effect of scandal, retribution, cover up, excess and more scandal on repeat. Maybe we could ask him to be VC.

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