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Adult Bullying--A Nasty Piece of Work:: Translating Decade of Research on Non-Sexual Harassment, Psychological Terror, Mobbing, and Emotional Abuse on the Job Paperback – November 11, 2013
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About the Author
Pam Lutgen-Sandvik was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to Arizona in 2000 where she earned her Ph.D. in organizational communication at Arizona State University. Prior to her tenure as a university professor, she worked as a social service organization administrator, first in the field of women’s advocacy and then in outpatient substance abuse treatment. She accepted her first professor’s position in 2005 at the University of New Mexico and subsequently moved to North Dakota State (NDSU) in 2013 to join the Department of Communication in Fargo. She continues to research, publish, and teach in the area of organizational communication at NDSU and serves as the Director of the NDSU Communication Research & Training Center. Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik is married, has two children, and lives in Moorhead, MN.
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This book engages a variety of readers, whether a practitioner, a target, an ally, someone who is trying to understand the complicated aspects of adult bullying from an organizational perspective or even someone trying to change themselves. This book is not an academic book, although it could be used in the classroom setting. It is written for a general audience and it reads for a general audience. In fact, it is extremely readable without being too simplistic. I believe that people who read this book will agree with me that Lutgen-Sandvik contributes to making the workplace more humane, a stated goal of her research.
Pam’s practical, kick ‘em in the shins approach to the esoteric world of academic research is revealed in the titles of some of her journal articles — “Nightmares, demons & slaves” (can you hear Cher?), “Take this job and shove …” “Burned by bullying in America.” And her style of collecting research data was to talk with bullied targets. This book is a compilation of her work. It is not written by an egghead. The subtitle refers to her “translating” research into plainspeak. That’s what she is profoundly good at doing well. Thus, it is ultimately readable. The information found between the covers is useful if you are fighting a grievance, filing a complaint, embroiled in a lawsuit, or facing blank stares from HR. The book covers many aspects of the bullying phenomenon with chapters on each — the prevalence, the stages of bullying, explaining the pain, the trauma and stigma of being bullied, how organizations become toxic, why women bully women, behavior of witnesses, and reversing the effects of bullying in individuals’ lives.
Finally, Pam dedicates the book to all those bullied individuals who bravely participated in her research. All proceeds from book sales support scientific research that seeks to reduce workplace bullying, improve workplace communications and build more respectful workplace climates. Where else can so few dollars accomplish all that?
This book gets an unequivocal thumbs-up!
The book provides critical definitions about workplace dynamics and how they affect the culture of bullying. It's so important that we be able to have a name for the bullying. It's somehow very empowering to have read the literature on emotional abuse and bullying.
I have personally experienced her concern for the targets of bullying and emotional abuse. After both being bullied and witnessing colleagues being bullied, I sought information about why I was going through these heartbreaking and traumatizing events. After searching the web for resources, I found Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik's "Destructive Organizational Communication: Processes, Consequences, and Constructive Ways of Organizing." I was so moved by the material that I decided to email her to see if I could get more information, though I wasn't sure if I would receive a response or not. She responded promptly to my inquiry, providing great empathy and also giving me additional resources. I purchased her newest book because I knew that I needed to read all I could, and this book exceeded all of my exceptions.
While I'm incredibly disappointed that I will not likely make any progress in preventing bullying in my workplace, I know that I'm not alone. I'm truly grateful that there are advocates out there like Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik. I'm not sure where I would be without her books.