Pyrex Journal of Psychology and Counseling (PJPC)

July 2016 Vol. 2(5), pp. 28-34

ISSN: 2985-8712

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Sources of workplace bullying in institutions of higher learning

Ilongo Fritz Ngale

National University of Lesotho, P.O Roma 180, Maseru, Lesotho.

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Accepted 3rd June, 2016


This study aims at exploring sources of workplace bullying in institutions of higher learning in general and among the academic staff of the National University of Lesotho in particular. The methodology for this study is the qualitative research approach, with an overarching intention of making meaning out of the meaning made by interviewees of their experiences related to workplace bullying. Data for this study is collected through a semi-structured interview on twenty academic staff members of the aforementioned institution. Data analysis is done through the iterative and inductive methods of the Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), for the generation of an integrated narrative of interviewees’ meaning making of their experiences of workplace bullying. From the sources of workplace bullying in the present study, it emerges that university restructuring of the National University of Lesotho (NUL) is the most important source of workplace bullying, preceding management, colleagues, students, faculty academic hierarchy, and faculty administrative hierarchy in that order. From this study neoliberalist university restructuring is deemed as the primary source of workplace bullying because the former is an ideological rhetoric which compromises the traditional autonomy of universities by fostering an organizational culture and climate of injustice and norm violation, mediated by an atmosphere of insufficient legal recourse.

Keywords: Neoliberalism, university restructuring, workplace bullying, Interpretative phenomenological Analysis.

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