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

Prouska, Rea; Psychogios, Alexandros


Rea Prouska

Alexandros Psychogios


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
APA6 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.
Keywords Employee voice; Employee silence; Crisis; Social empathy silence; Small enterprises; Greece
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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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