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Do not say a word! Conceptualizing employee silence in a long-term crisis context

Prouska, Rea; Psychogios, Alexandros

Authors

Rea Prouska

Alexandros Psychogios

Abstract

Although research has emphasized the organizational and individual factors that influence employee voice and silence at work, it is less known how employee voice/silence is affected by the economic context, particularly when this context is one of intensive and long-term economic crisis in a country with weak institutional bases. In this study we explore how employee silence is formulated in long-term turbulent economic environments and in more vulnerable organizational settings like those of small enterprises. The study draws on qualitative data gathered from 63 interviews with employees in a total of 48 small enterprises in Greece in two periods of time (2009 and 2015). This study suggests a new type of employee silence, social empathy silence, and offers a conceptual framework for understanding the development of silence over time in particular contexts of long-term turbulence and crisis.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2018
Journal International journal of human resource management
Print ISSN 0958-5192
Electronic ISSN 1466-4399
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 5
Pages 885-914
Institution Citation Prouska, R., & Psychogios, A. (2018). Do not say a word! Conceptualizing employee silence in a long-term crisis context. The international journal of human resource management, 29(5), 885-914. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2016.1212913
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2016.1212913
Keywords Employee voice; Employee silence; Crisis; Social empathy silence; Small enterprises; Greece
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09585192.2016.1212913
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International journal of human resource management on 01/08/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/09585192.2016.1212913

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