Develop a Conceptual Model of Personal Social Undermining

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Abstract: In the last two decades, organizational researchers studying social interactions have paid much attention to the negative aspects of intimate interrelationship of employees at workplace. One of the employee interpersonal behavior at workplace is social undermining that has negative and costly consequences for organizations and society at large. This paper is aimed to further elaborate the concept of social undermining by applying a descriptive study in the State Welfare Organization. It is presumed that social undermining in the Welfare Organization will lead to behaviors that weaken organizational capacity and is a hindrance to the organization’s social capital. The results of a survey that was conducted between 184 of managers and employees of the State Welfare Organization show that there are positive relationship between individual, group, organizational and environmental factors with social undermining behaviors.


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