Quotation Knipfer, Kristin, Kump, Barbara. 2022. Collective rumination: When ‘problem talk’ impairs organizational resilience. Applied Psychology. 71 (1), 154-173.




When adversity strikes, organization members often turn to others in order to vent their negative emotions and receive social support. While social interaction is commonly seen as a major resource for organizational resilience, dysfunctional social interactions and their negative effects on coping with and overcoming adversity are less well understood. This conceptual article develops theory on collective rumination—defined as repetitive and prolonged discussions of adverse events that center on the negative and uncontrollable aspects of the situation—and its detrimental effects on organizational resilience. We elaborate that collective rumination emerges through a vicious circle of a shared negative situational assessment and mutual contagion with highly negative emotions. Based on our theorizing, we propose that collective rumination is negatively related to three core dimensions of organizational resilience: perceptions of control, commitment to joint action, and the acceptance of adversity as a challenge. With our conceptual article, we answer earlier calls to theorize about forms of social interactions that are not valuable but destructive for organizational resilience and elucidate previously neglected social dynamics that are dysfunctional for recovering from adversity.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Applied Psychology
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Collective rumination: When ‘problem talk’ impairs organizational resilience
Volume 71
Number 1
Year 2022
Page from 154
Page to 173
Reviewed? Y
URL https://iaap-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/apps.12315
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/apps.12315
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://iaap-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/apps.12315


Kump, Barbara (Details)
Knipfer, Kristin (TUM School of Management, Germany)
Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1925 Knowledge management (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5517 Organisational psychology (Details)
5521 Cognitive psychology (Details)
5945 Organisational development (Details)
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