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BSG 302 – ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR Chapter 1 - Case Incident 2: The Global Recession and Workplace Malfeasance The   great   global   recession   has   claimed   many   victims.   In many   countries,   unemployment   is   at   near-historic  highs, and even those who have managed to keep their jobs have been asked to accept reduced work hours or pay  cuts. In some cases—say, the U.S. auto industry—job losses have been predictable but no less painful. However, in  other cases,   they   have   come   as   a   surprise.   Norm   Elrod   had earned   an   MBA   while   employed   at   an   online  marketing firm. His degree didn’t save his job—Elrod was laid off in October 2008 and, as of April 2009, he was  unemployed and still looking for work. “There’s a lot of frustration out there,” Elrod said.   The financial and psychological pain caused by the recession may lead you to wonder whether employees  attempt to get even. Is there evidence the recession has led to increased incidents of workplace violence, sabotage,  or theft? As it turns out, this is a very difficult question to answer with any confidence. The difficulty illustrates how 
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