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date: 15 July 2020

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This chapter aims at a better understanding of the emergence and maintenance of workplace violence through the lens of self-determination theory (SDT), an innovative perspective that has until now been granted little attention from the scientific community. First, what is and what is not workplace violence is defined. Then, classical and modern theories of violence are presented and compared with SDT. Next, empirical evidence linking workplace violence directly or indirectly with components of SDT, including autonomy support and psychological control, general causality orientations, needs fulfillment and thwarting, and various forms of motivation at work, are documented. The chapter concludes with a research agenda and some recommendations for interventions based on workplace violence and SDT literature.

Keywords: workplace violence, self-determination theory, workplace motivation, basic psychological needs, victims, aggressors

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