Chaos, Reports, and Quests: Narrative Agency and Co-Workers in Stories of Workplace Bullying

Stacy Tye-Williams, Kathleen J. Krone

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This study examined narratives targets of workplace bullying told about their difficult work experiences along with how co-workers were framed in these narratives. Three different narrative types emerged from their accounts: chaos, report, and quest narratives. Co-worker responses of support or lack thereof were related to the construction of various narrative forms and the level of narrative agency evident in target accounts. The study has important implications for the difference co-workers can make in a target’s ability to withstand bullying and narrate his or her experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-27
Number of pages25
JournalManagement Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 17 2015



  • agency
  • co-worker
  • narrative
  • workplace bullying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Strategy and Management

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