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Suspicion in the workplace: Organizational conspiracy theories and work-related outcomes.
Br J Psychol 2017; 108(3):486-506BJ

Abstract

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 theorizing 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 hypothesized that belief in these organizational conspiracy theories would predict decreased organizational commitment and job satisfaction. Finally, we hypothesized 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 theorizing for the workplace. We argue that managers and employees should be careful not to dismiss conspiracy theorizing as harmless rumour or gossip.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.University of Roehampton, London, UK.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27488243

Citation

Douglas, Karen M., and Ana C. Leite. "Suspicion in the Workplace: Organizational Conspiracy Theories and Work-related Outcomes." British Journal of Psychology (London, England : 1953), vol. 108, no. 3, 2017, pp. 486-506.
Douglas KM, Leite AC. Suspicion in the workplace: Organizational conspiracy theories and work-related outcomes. Br J Psychol. 2017;108(3):486-506.
Douglas, K. M., & Leite, A. C. (2017). Suspicion in the workplace: Organizational conspiracy theories and work-related outcomes. British Journal of Psychology (London, England : 1953), 108(3), pp. 486-506. doi:10.1111/bjop.12212.
Douglas KM, Leite AC. Suspicion in the Workplace: Organizational Conspiracy Theories and Work-related Outcomes. Br J Psychol. 2017;108(3):486-506. PubMed PMID: 27488243.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Suspicion in the workplace: Organizational conspiracy theories and work-related outcomes. AU - Douglas,Karen M, AU - Leite,Ana C, Y1 - 2016/08/04/ PY - 2016/03/03/received PY - 2016/07/04/revised PY - 2016/8/5/pubmed PY - 2018/6/30/medline PY - 2016/8/5/entrez KW - conspiracy belief KW - conspiracy theories KW - job satisfaction KW - organizational commitment KW - organizational identification KW - organizational psychology KW - turnover intentions SP - 486 EP - 506 JF - British journal of psychology (London, England : 1953) JO - Br J Psychol VL - 108 IS - 3 N2 - 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 theorizing 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 hypothesized that belief in these organizational conspiracy theories would predict decreased organizational commitment and job satisfaction. Finally, we hypothesized 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 theorizing for the workplace. We argue that managers and employees should be careful not to dismiss conspiracy theorizing as harmless rumour or gossip. SN - 2044-8295 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27488243/Suspicion_in_the_workplace:_Organizational_conspiracy_theories_and_work_related_outcomes_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12212 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -