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Salih Murat Akkın
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2021 Volume 11
 
 
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Volume 11, Issue 1, April 2021,
Page(s): 111-122
Original Empirical Research
Received: January 17, 2019; Accepted: October 6, 2020; Published online: February 15, 2021
doi:10.2399/yod.20.514008; Copyright © 2021, Deomed
Perceptions about Gossip and Rumours in Academic Organizations
Ümit Atabek1 ORCIDID, Pınar Özşarlak2 ORCIDID, Gülseren Şendur Atabek3 ORCIDID (E-mail)
1Yaşar Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi, Halkla İlişkiler ve Reklamcılık Bölümü, İzmir
2Yaşar Üniversitesi, İletişim Anabilim Dalı Doktora Öğrencisi, İzmir
3Yaşar Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi, Yeni Medya ve İletişim Bölümü, İzmir
*The data in this article were collected during the postgraduate study titled "An analysis of employee perceptions about the emergence, content and effects of gossip and rumor in organizations and an application example" prepared by Pınar Özşarlak in 2016 at Yaşar University Graduate School of Social Sciences.
Abstract
Gossip and rumour, as forms of informal communication in academic organization have attracted little research attention in the literature. This paper examines the perceptions of Turkish academics of gossip and rumours, gossip topics and their relationship with certain organizational cultural issues. A web-based questionnaire was sent to 356 academics working in the communications field. The findings revealed that gossip and rumours are quite common in academic organizations. Internal gossip and rumours are perceived to be more common than the external gossip and rumours. Gossips and rumours about the management and the personnel rights are among the top topics. On the other hand, academics generally have negative opinions about gossip and rumours. However, such negative opinions about gossip and rumours were found to decrease when the perceived organizational democracy and internal communication levels increase. It is clear that academic administrators may not cope with gossip and rumours successfully unless they improve democratic participation and internal communication.
Keywords: Academic organizations, gossip, informal communication, rumour
How to cite this article: Atabek, Ü., Özşarlak, P., & Şendur Atabek, G. (2021). Akademik örgütlerde dedikodu ve söylentilere yönelik algılar. Yükseköğretim Dergisi, 11(1), 111-122.
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Yükseköğretim Dergisi / Journal of Higher Education (Turkey)

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