JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE
Incivility in Academe: What if the Instigator is a High Performer?
Author(s): Feruzan Irani Williams, Constance R. Campbell, Luther T. Denton
Citation: Feruzan Irani Williams, Constance R. Campbell, Luther T. Denton, (2013) "Incivility in Academe: What if the Instigator is a High Performer?," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 14, Iss. 1, pp. 35 - 52
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
This analysis of workplace incivility focuses on instigators who are high performers, but have a negative
effect on morale. We explore antecedents, manifestations, and consequences associated with these
instigators, whom we label “High Performing Instigators.” This qualitative study indicates that HPIs are
common in academe and engage in a broad spectrum of uncivil behaviors. The consequences of HPI
behavior result in losses for all involved – loss of respect, time, emotional energy, and morale. One
important finding is that there seems to be no change in HPI behavior in academe when comparing preand
post-tenure status of faculty identified as HPI.