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The mediating role of workplace flourishing on the causal link between linguistic ostracism and withdrawal behavior

Raed Ibrahim Mohamad Ibrahim (Faculty of Business and Economics, Girne American University, Girne, Turkey)
Okechukwu Lawrence Emeagwali (Faculty of Business and Economics, Girne American University, Girne, Turkey)
Murat Akkaya (Faculty of Business and Economics, Girne American University, Girne, Turkey)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 18 June 2021

Issue publication date: 30 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Workplace flourishing and withdrawal behavior are important concepts for human resource practitioners in today’s multicultural and multilingual work atmosphere. Despite the prevalence of linguistic ostracism, only a handful of studies have considered its impact on workplace flourishing and withdrawal behavior. This paper embarks on unveiling the nature of these associations.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of n = 395 employee responses was obtained from Jordanian tourism and hospitality organizations. The data were analyzed with the variance-based structural equation modeling (VB-SEM) technique using ADANCO software.

Findings

VB-SEM results indicate that linguistic ostracism reduces workplace flourishing and indirectly increases withdrawal behavior through the mediating role of workplace flourishing. Decreased feelings of workplace flourishing resulted in increased withdrawal behavior.

Originality/value

This paper is among the first to empirically examine the association between linguistic ostracism, workplace flourishing and withdrawal behavior and the mediating role of workplace flourishing using ethnolinguistic identity and stressor–emotion theories as a theoretical framework. Implications for practice and theory are discussed alongside future research directions.

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Citation

Mohamad Ibrahim, R.I., Emeagwali, O.L. and Akkaya, M. (2022), "The mediating role of workplace flourishing on the causal link between linguistic ostracism and withdrawal behavior", Kybernetes, Vol. 51 No. 7, pp. 2383-2397. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-02-2021-0163

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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