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When does Superiors’ Deviance threaten Organisational Hierarchy?

Thomas Diefenbach ()
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Thomas Diefenbach: Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo

No 27, Working Papers from The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology

Abstract: There has been some research into employees’ organisational misbehaviour. But how about managers’ or superiors’ deviance? Little is known about the impact of superiors’ misbehaviour on the system of hierarchical order. This theoretical paper, therefore, investigates how, why and when superiors’ crossing of boundaries contributes to the stabilisation and continuation of hierarchical social system – and when their misbehaviour threatens it. For investigating this question, the concept of crossing of boundaries will be applied to superiors’ deviance in the realms of social action, interests, social identity and ideology. Findings suggest that almost all of superiors’ deviance does not threaten hierarchical organisations.

Keywords: Managers; hierarchy; organizational misbehaviour; crossing of boundaries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L29 M10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2011-03
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