A study of negative reputation in the workplace

Robert Zinko, Christopher P. Furner, L. Melita Prati, Mariano L. M. Heyden, Charles Tuchtan

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In an attempt to better understand how a negative reputation may affect one’s career, a series of hypotheses which offer an overview of negative personal reputation are tested, utilizing both a lab and a field study. Based upon the existing theory, these hypotheses explore negative reputation in the context of employees in organizations, suggesting that although often negative reputations are undesirable, at times individuals may be motivated to develop such reputations because they may confer benefits to one’s career.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-649
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • career advancement
  • derailment
  • negative reputation
  • personal reputation

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