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The effects of anger in the workplace: When, where, and why observing anger enhances or hinders performance

Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-1-84855-056-8, eISBN: 978-1-84855-057-5

Publication date: 15 July 2009

Abstract

Most anger research has adopted a within-person view, focusing on the effects of experienced anger on a person's feelings, cognition, and behavior. Less research has examined the effects of anger expressed by one person on other people in the workplace. We review available literature on the interpersonal effects of anger and propose a theoretical framework that addresses two main questions (1) What mechanisms can explain the effects of observed anger on other people? and (2) What factors may strengthen or attenuate these effects? We propose that observed anger affects observers’ performance via emotional and cognitive routes that are interrelated, and that this effect depends on the properties of the expressed anger, the situation in which the anger occurs, and the task being performed by the observer.

Citation

Miron-Spektor, E. and Rafaeli, A. (2009), "The effects of anger in the workplace: When, where, and why observing anger enhances or hinders performance", Martocchio, J.J. and Liao, H. (Ed.) Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 28), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 153-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-7301(2009)0000028007

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