A conceptual model of employee self reported rationale for engaging in deviant acts

Southey, Kim (2009) A conceptual model of employee self reported rationale for engaging in deviant acts. In: AIRAANZ 2009: Labour, Capital and Change, 4-6 Feb 2009, Newcastle, Australia.

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Abstract

When an employee is accused of engaging in a deviant act by his/her employer, natural justice affords the employee the right to respond to the allegation. In this study, the texts of unfair dismissal arbitration decisions of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission are examined to identify the defences raised by workers (or their union representatives) to accusations of serious misconduct that ultimately resulted in their immediate dismissal. These defences provide the foundation of a conceptual model of three categories of ‘rationale’ that employees offer in their defence: personal-inside; personal-outside; and workplace related. The model further conceptualises a ‘conflated reason’ in which categories are not mutually exclusive and can result in the employer dealing with a complexity of contexts and issues. The value of this paper is that it provides insight into the range of defences that employees provide for behaviours that cut to the core of damaging the employer-employee relationship.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions on web site.
Depositing User: Mrs Kim Southey
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2009 05:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: employee deviance; deviant behaviour; serious misconduct; denial; rationale; rationalise
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4917

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