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Investigating the role of discrete emotions in silence versus speaking up

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Show simple item record Kirrane, Melrona O'Shea, Deirdre Buckley, Finian Grazi, Adele Prout, Joanne 2017-12-19T12:10:39Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Kirrane, M,O'Shea, D,Buckley, F,Grazi, A,Prout, J (2017) 'Investigating the role of discrete emotions in silence versus speaking up'. Journal Of Occupational And Organizational Psychology, 90 :354-378. en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Silence in the workplace is a highly prevalent behaviour, but more is needed to understand the causes and consequences of such behaviour. In this article, we draw on theory and research to examine the role of discrete emotions in decisions to remain silent or to speak up. Three studies with full-time employees were carried out utilizing both qualitative and experimental methodologies. Study 1 (n = 110) demonstrated that there are many reasons for being silent and established fear as the main emotion associated with silence behaviour. Building on the results of Study 1 and using a quasi-experimental vignette design, Study 2 (n = 142) confirmed that different silence motives provoke different emotional experiences. Exploring the behavioural effects of emotions using a further experimental design, Study 3 (n = 80) showed that anger is an antecedent to speaking up about an observed transgression, whereas less intense anger was associated with staying silent. This pattern was not evident for fear. Taken together, these three studies provide empirical data regarding the relationship between silence, emotions, and actions. We contribute to theory and research at the intersection of silence, emotions, and behaviour and offer valuable insights into the dynamics of these concepts in the workplace. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology;90 (3), pp. 354-378
dc.rights This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: “Investigating the role of discrete emotions in silence versus speaking up” Kirrane, Melrona, O’Shea, Deirdre, Buckley, Finian, Grazi, Adele, Prout, Joanne Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
dc.subject employee voice en_US
dc.subject organizational-behavior en_US
dc.subject positive emotions en_US
dc.subject negative emotions en_US
dc.subject work en_US
dc.subject workplace en_US
dc.title Investigating the role of discrete emotions in silence versus speaking up en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2017-12-19T12:03:44Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/joop.12175 2018-05-02
dc.embargo.terms 2018-05-02 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
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dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal Of Occupational And Organizational Psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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