Revenge is a Factor in the Workplace, Georgetown Professor Tells Business Week Readers

January 22, 2007

Washington, D.C. - "[There's a] hypocrisy of revenge in the corporate world," Professor Robert J. Bies told Business Week in its recent cover story on workplace revenge. "We say it doesn't exist, but it does." Bies has been interested in the topic since 1996, when he co-authored a seminal academic paper on revenge in organizations.

In the interview, Bies advised managers "to be aware of the things that provoke [revenge]," but also to treat people with fairness. "If you can train managers how to do that - give employees advance notice [of layoffs, budget cuts, etc.], provide explanations - it will mitigate the feelings of revenge," he said.

Professor Bies specializes in organizational behavior at Georgetown. His current research focuses on leadership and the delivery of bad news, paranoia and revenge in the workplace, conflict management, privacy, and organizational justice. He works with executives on issues involving leadership, creativity, and power and politics in organizations.

The Business Week interview with Bies can be found at http://www.businessweek.com/.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today welcomes approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses. For more information about Georgetown University, visit http://www.georgetown.edu.