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Suspicion in the workplace: Organizational conspiracy theories and work-related outcomes

Douglas, Karen, Leite, Ana C. (2016) Suspicion in the workplace: Organizational conspiracy theories and work-related outcomes. British Journal of Psychology, 108 (3). pp. 486-506. ISSN 0007-1269. (doi:10.1111/bjop.12212) (KAR id:56748)

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Belief in conspiracy theories about societal events is widespread and has important consequences for political, health and environmental behaviour. Little is known, however, about how conspiracy theorising affects people’s everyday working lives. In the present research, we predicted that belief in conspiracy theories about the workplace would be associated with increased turnover intentions. We further hypothesised that belief in these organizational conspiracy theories would predict decreased organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. Finally, we hypothesised that these factors would mediate the relationship between organizational conspiracy theories and turnover intentions. In three studies (one correlational and two experiments, Ns = 209, 119, 202), we found support for these hypotheses. The current studies therefore demonstrate the potentially adverse consequences of conspiracy theorising for the workplace. We argue that managers and employees should be careful not to dismiss conspiracy theorising as harmless rumour or gossip.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjop.12212
Uncontrolled keywords: Conspiracy theories; conspiracy theory; organizations;job satisfaction; turnover intentions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Ana Castro Leite
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 10:45 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:14 UTC
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