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Rumour and gossip in organisations: a conceptual study

Grant Michelson (University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Suchitra Mouly (University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Explores the issue of rumour and gossip in organisations. Given that rumour and gossip can break the harmony of the workplace unless well managed, it is rather surprising that they have not been sufficiently examined in management and organisational studies. In addition to providing an analysis of the role played by rumour and gossip within organisations, including, but not limited to, its origin, hidden reasons and its management, the role of gender is examined. Our research reveals that despite the commonly‐held and entrenched view that women are largely responsible for instigating and perpetuating organisational rumour and gossip, a review of the evidence fails to support this claim.



Michelson, G. and Mouly, S. (2000), "Rumour and gossip in organisations: a conceptual study", Management Decision, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 339-346.




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