International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Premilla D’Cruz


Premilla D’Cruz is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), India, where she teaches Micro Organizational Behaviour and Workplace Creativity. Premilla’s research interests include workplace bullying, emotions in organizations, self and identity, organizational control, and ICTs and organizations.

Premilla, along with Charlotte Rayner, conducted the first survey on workplace bullying in India in 2009, examining the incidence of the phenomenon in the country's ITES-BPO (offshoring-outsourcing) sector. Premilla has examined organizational antecedents of workplace bullying including depersonalized bullying, organizational responses to workplace bullying, and target and bystander experiences of workplace bullying, and her work remains pioneering in the Indian context. In addition to authoring Workplace Bullying in India (Routledge, 2012), Premilla has recently published Depersonalized Bullying at Work (Springer, 2014) thereby advancing the concept based on empirical evidence. Currently, Premilla is researching cyberbullying at work and is involved in cross-cultural studies of workplace bullying.

Premilla received her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She has also published Employee Identity in Indian Call Centre: The Notion of Professionalism (2009, with Ernesto Noronha), Thinking Creatively at Work: A Sourcebook (2008), Family Care in HIV/AIDS: Exploring Lived Experience (2004) and In Sickness and in Health: The Family Experience of HIV/AIDS in India (2003), in addition to numerous international papers and presentations.

Premilla has been on the IAWBH Board since 2008, having been elected at the Montreal Conference. During the initial 2 years of her tenure, she initiated the Special Interest Groups. From 2010 to 2016, she has held the post of Secretary. Now she is IAWBH's President.


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