The unknown side of workplace bullying research: the case of japan (by Gabriele Giorgi, Takashi Asakura, Mikayo Ando) - ABSTRACT:
This paper is intended to illuminate the recent social problem of ijime (bullying at work) in Japan. A concise interpretation of literature related to workplace bullying is undertaken. Research into bullying at work reported in Japan is rather limited, but will have value especially for cross-cultural potentials. This paper also proposes explanations on bullying at work based on cultural, sociological and economical factors of Japanese organizations and society. Also the changing nature of the Japanese working environment is highlighted. In conclusion, possible new perspectives for future research concerning bullying at work in Japan are suggested.