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Understanding Lecturers' Perceptions of Workplace Fear: An Interpretive Study in the Cypriot Higher Education Context

Antoniadou, M and Sandiford, Peter J. and Wright, G and Alker, L (2015) Understanding Lecturers' Perceptions of Workplace Fear: An Interpretive Study in the Cypriot Higher Education Context. In: Research on Emotion in Organizations. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 51-79. ISBN 978-1-78560-221-4

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Abstract

This chapter explores how Cypriot lecturers perceive and experience fear while being at work. Drawing on the lens of interpretive inquiry, data were collected through interviews with 19 lecturers. Analysis focused on experiences of workplace fear offering rich insights into characteristics of fear, eliciting events, and coping ways. Findings help to unveil the specific events that lead to fear in the Cypriot universities, and the ways lecturers manage their fearful experiences. The study contributes to the study of discrete emotions, by empirically examining fear’s own storyline through the workers’ own perspectives, within a specific context.

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