Counterproductive Work Behavior and Conflict: Merging Complementary Domains

  • Jana L. Raver


Scholarship on counterproductive work behavior (CWB) and related constructs (e.g., deviance, bullying, harassment, aggression, incivility, mobbing, revenge) has advanced the understanding of the factors that drive employees to engage in harmful actions at work and illuminated the effects of such behavior on individual, group, and organizational outcomes. Despite the many parallels between CWB and conflict processes as well as scholars' calls for better integration, there has been surprisingly little cross‐fertilization between these areas. Accordingly, the goal of this special issue is to provide an outlet for research and theory that have investigated CWB with a conflict lens. In this overview of the special issue, I begin by briefly describing the nature of CWB and possible reasons for the lack of integration with conflict research. I then provide an overview of the articles in this special issue and conclude with a synthesis and suggested future research questions.

Keywords: conflict, counterproductive work behavior, deviance, aggression, bullying, incivility, harassment

How to Cite:

Raver, J., (2013) “Counterproductive Work Behavior and Conflict: Merging Complementary Domains”, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 6(3), 151-159. doi:

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Published on
28 Jul 2013
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