Communication Studies, Department of


Date of this Version



Management Communication Quarterly 29:1 (January 2015), pp. 3–27.

doi: 10.1177/0893318914552029


Copyright © 2014 Stacy Tye-Williams and Kathleen J. Krone. Used by permission.


This study examined narratives that targets of workplace bullying told about their difficult work experiences along with how co-workers were framed in these narratives. Three different narrative types emerged from their accounts: chaos, report, and quest narratives. Co-worker responses of support or lack thereof were related to the construction of various narrative forms and the level of narrative agency evident in target accounts. The study has important implications for the difference co-workers can make in a target’s ability to withstand bullying and narrate his or her experience.