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Heinz Leymann was born on July 17, 1932 in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. He was a Swedish citizen. He was famous for his studies on mobbing among humans. He had a degree in Pedagogical Psychology and worked as a psychologist. He was a professor at Umeå University. He died in 1999 in Stockholm.

His Work on Mobbing

Leymann pioneered research into mobbing in the 1980s. Although he preferred the term bullying in the context of school children, some have come to regard mobbing as a form of group bullying. As professor and practicing psychologist, Leymann also noted one of the side-effects of mobbing is post-traumatic stress disorder and is frequently misdiagnosed. Among researchers who have built on Leymann's work are Noa Zanolli Davenport [1], Thomas E. Hecker [2], Linda Shallcross [3], Kenneth Westhues [4] and Dieter Zapf [5]


  1. ^ Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace Davenport, Noa Zanolli, Ruth Distler Schwartz, Gail Pursell Elliott 1999. Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace. Ames, Iowa: Civil Society Publishing
  2. ^ "Workplace Mobbing: A Discussion for Librarians" Hecker, Thomas E. 2007. "Workplace Mobbing: a Discussion for Librarians." Journal of Academic Librarianship. 33:4, pp.439-445
  3. ^ "Workplace Mobbing: Expulsion, Exclusion, and Transformation Shallcross, L., Ramsay, S., & Barker, M., (2008) Workplace Mobbing: Expulsion, Exclusion, and Transformation, (blind peer reviewed) Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM)
  4. ^ Eliminating Professors: A Guide to the Dismissal Process Westhues,Kenneth. Eliminating Professors: A Guide to the Dismissal Process. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
    The Envy of Excellence: Administrative Mobbing of High-Achieving ProfessorsWesthues, Kenneth 2004. The Envy of Excellence: Administrative Mobbing of High-Achieving Professors. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.]
    "At the Mercy of the Mob" Westhues, Kenneth 2002. "At the Mercy of the Mob". OHS Canada, Canada's Occupational Health & Safety Magazine (18:8), pp.30-36.
  5. ^ Zapf, Dieter and Stale Einarsen 2005 "Mobbing at Work: Escalated Conflicts in Organizations." Counterproductive Work Behavior: Investigations of Actors and Targets. Fox, Suzy & Spector, Paul E. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association vii. p.


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