Providing a Pattern for Character Assassination in Organization (Case Study: Governmental Organizations in Khorramabad)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D Candidate, Department of Business Management, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.

2 Department of Management, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.

3 Associate Prof., Department of Management, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.


Objective: This research is aimed at investigating the causes and origins of character assassination in organizations in the city of Khorramabad in Iran.
Methods: The research is applied in terms of its purpose and in terms of the method it is both qualitative and quantitative. In the qualitative section, the statistical population were senior managers, middle managers, experienced experts and three university professors. Snowball sampling method was used for sampling in qualitative section. The interview method was used to collect information and 25 interviews were conducted based on theoretical saturation rule. In the quantitative part, the aim was to test the quality model designed in a larger society. A researcher-made questionnaire was used for data collection. The statistical population in this section was staff and managers aware of the research topic.
Results: According to the results of the qualitative part, the causal conditions of personality assassination were individual factors, organizational and group factors. The pivotal phenomenon of spite was small. The underlying factors of power networks were the perception of injustice and the fear of losing the position. Speech mismatch variables with behavior and reaching higher managers were identified as confounding factors. Behind each other are psychological warfare, destruction of facts, slander and defamation, and attempts to distrust private terror strategies. Consequences of such acts have been divided into three dimensions: individual, organizational and group.
Conclusion: In the emergence of character assassination, a collection of personal and personality factors is involved. In order to eliminate this phenomenon, there should be a reformation in both individual and organization personality.


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