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Check out the book: I've written this book to translate scientific research about workplace bullying into an easy-to-read format for general audiences. Read this before going to HR, unions, attorneys, or upper-managers. It provides a wealth of information and ammunition for those targeted and those who witness bullying at work.


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Dr. Pam Lutgen-Sandvik is an Associate Professor at North Dakota State University who teaches and researches in the area of organizational and professional communication. Her latest book is Adult Bullying—A Nasty Piece of Work and can be found on Amazon. Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik's research focuses on emotion in the workplace, both constructive and destructive.

She has studied workplace bullying for over a decade, examining US prevalence, effect on adult identity, targeted workers' emotions, sensemaking when faced with abuse at work, and a host of related topics. Recently, her work has branched out to examine positive emotions at work—the range of positive experiences adults have at work and the specific effect of positive management on employee emotions and organizations. She has taught organizationally and professionally related courses at the North Dakota State University , University of New Mexico , Arizona State University, the University of Alaska .

Currently, Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik serves as the Director of the NDSU Communication Research and Training Center ( ), which works to translate and apply scientific research to real-world situations. Prior to her position in academia, she served as an administrator of non-profit social service agencies dealing with women's advocacy and alcoholism-drug addiction treatment.

Take a look at my books:

"Adult Bullying--A Nasty Piece of Work: Translating a Decade of Research on Non-sexual Harassment, Psychological Terror, Mobbing, and Emotional Abuse on the Job" Click here to review

"Destructive Organizational Communication: Processes, Consequences, and Constructive Ways of Organizing" Click here to view



We would love to feature a summary of your scholarship on our website. Our goal is to bring communication research to public audiences.

To submit a summary, click here: CENTER EMAIL

Or contact Pam,Renee Bourdeaux,or Nancy DiTunnariello for more information.



Emotions in Organizations

Positive Communication in Organizations

Positive Organizing

Destructive and Constructive Social Interactions at Work

Workplace Bullying and Non-sexual Harassment

Selected Publications

Lutgen-Sandvik, P., & Tracy, S.J. (2012). Answering five key questions about workplace bullying: How communication scholarship provides thought leadership for transforming abuse at work. Management Communication Quarterly, 26(1), 3-47. click here

Lutgen-Sandvik, P., Riforigate, S. & Fletcher, C.V. (2011) Work as a Source of Positive Emotional Experiences (2009 Top Paper (National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division) Click here

Namie, G., & Lutgen-Sandvik, P. (2010) Active and Passive Accomplices: The Communal Character of Workplace Bullying . International Journal of Communication, 4 , 343-373. Click here

Lutgen-Sandvik, P. (2008). Intensive remedial identity work: Responses to workplace bullying as trauma and stigma. Organization Special Issue (Managing Identities in Complex Organizations), 15 (1), 97-119. 2009 Article of the Year (National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division) Click here

Lutgen-Sandvik, P. (2006). Take this job and ...: Quitting and other forms of resistance to workplace bullying. Communication Monographs, 73, 406-433. (Outstanding Scholarly Article in Applied Communication . Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association) Click here



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