Master of Science
Finegan, Joan E.
Although incivility is a widely studied topic in IO Psychology, little is known about how gender influences observer reactions to incivility. Using experimental vignettes, we examined how gender of the observer, instigator, and target influenced observer reactions to identical uncivil behaviours. Women observers reported stronger negative reactions to incivility than men. Additionally, results revealed that uncivil behaviour between a man instigator and man target provoked fewer negative reactions compared to women engaging in the same behaviour. Thus, men engaging in incivility against other men may be disregarded as just ‘boys being boys’, whereas women engaging in the same behaviour may face backlash.
Carver, Sarah, "Rudeness is in the Eye of the Beholder: How Gender Impacts Reactions to Incivility at Work" (2019). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 6185.