Workplace Romance and Sexual Harassment in Organizations
A research team that includes a member from the University of Memphis Fogelman College
of Business & Economics is examining workplace romance and sexually harassing behavior
from a human resource management perspective.
The main purpose of the research is to understand better the formation, impact, and
management of workplace romances as well as the link between workplace romances and
sexually harassing behavior between former romantic partners.
The research projects include:
examining the link between an organization's climate and formation of workplace romances
as well as their impact on factors such as employees' job satisfaction, job performance,
and organizational commitment.
examining the impact of media portrayal of a dissolved workplace romance on corporate
image and firm performance.
examining the effects of organizations' workplace romance policies and consensual
relationship agreements on recruits' perceptions of fairness, fun, and person-organization
fit as well as their attraction to the organization and intent to pursue employment
with the organization.
examining rater biases in decisions regarding workplace romance/sexual harassment
cases and recommendations for training programs to reduce rater biases.
The research team consists of Dr. Chuck Pierce (Department of Management, FCBE, University of Memphis), Dr. Teri Elkins Longacre
and Dr. Jim Phillips (Bauer College of Business, University of Houston), Dr. Katherine
Karl (College of Business, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga), and Dr. Amy Nicole
Salvaggio (Department of Psychology, University of New Haven).
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