FSD2607 Stories about Fear and Intimidation at Work 2008-2009

The dataset is (C) available for research only (including Master's, doctoral and Polytechnic/University of Applied Sciences Master's theses). The dataset may not be used for teaching, study (e.g. seminar papers, essays) or other theses (Bachelor's theses or equivalent).

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  • Eriksson, Marja (University of Tampere. Department of Management Studies)
  • Koski, Anne (University of Tampere. Department of Management Studies)
  • Luomanen, Jari (University of Tampere. Department of Management Studies)
  • Parviainen, Jaana (University of Tampere. Department of Management Studies)


anxiety, employees, fear, harassment, management, occupational life, occupational safety, working conditions, workplace bullying, workplace relations


The qualitative dataset consists of 102 accounts of people's experiences of fear and intimidation at work in Finland. The participants were asked to provide some essential background variables such as their gender, the branch and size of the organisation etc. They were asked to describe what they were afraid of and why, what had led to the situation and by what means had they been intimidated. The writers were also invited to describe situations where they themselves had resorted to intimidation at work and what the consequences had been, and how the atmosphere of fear had affected the workplace in general and the interpersonal relations there.

The data were collected as part of the LEAR (Leadership, Power and Fear) research project conducted by the Department of Management Studies at the University of Tampere. The project was funded by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Work Environment Fund. The project opened an online research platform in June 2008 and invited voluntary participants to write narratives about their experiences. The range of participants varied from workers to high management.

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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