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Publication Date

Fall 2010

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Sharon Glazer


Bullying, Creativity, Grit, High-tech, Self-efficacy, Strain

Subject Areas

Organizational Behavior; Psychology


The focus of the present study is the relationship between perceived bullying and creativity among 149 high-tech professionals. In particular, this study examines if strains mediate the above relationship. Furthermore, personality traits, such as self-efficacy and grit, are each tested for a moderating effect between the perceived bullying and strain relationship. Results indicate that bullying and strains positively relate, however, grit does not moderate this relationship. Learning self-efficacy moderates the relationship between bullying and ill-health. Furthermore, perceived bullying does not have a negative relationship with individual creativity (i.e., self-report of creative tendencies). Unexpectedly, perceived bullying positively correlates with creative behavior (i.e., individual behaviors believed to promote a creative environment at work) and strains do not mediate the relationship between bullying and creativity. Also, as predicted, self-efficacy and grit positively correlate. Finally, self-efficacy moderates the relationship between bullying and creative behaviors such that, as bullying increases, ill-health increases more strongly when learning self-efficacy is low than when learning self-efficacy is high. Results provide insights on bullying in the workplace among high-tech professionals. Implications of findings on theory and practice are discussed.