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Michael Rosander


Every day, people are exposed to negative social behaviors at work - many to the extent that their health and well-being are severely affected. My research focus on the organizational and social work environment and its consequences.


Professor Michael Rosander is professor of psychology. His main research interests are within work and organizational psychology. In his research there is a focus on
how different organizational factors affect individuals, work groups and the organization as a whole. An important aspect is to investigate how negative exposures, e.g. workplace bullying, can be understood and prevented. This includes the impact of the organizational and social work environment on the wellbeing of individuals, but also how it affects bystanders and the organization as a whole.

On January 1, 2024, a new research project funded by The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte) will start (professor Rosander is the project leader). In this, we build on the knowledge from two previous research projects professor Rosander has lead; one financed by AFA insurance and one by Forte. The AFA project started in 2017 and there we collected data from a national probability sample of all working in Sweden. The previous Forte project started in 2019 and with that we also added data from various organizations where we, for example, were able to study close to 200 work groups. This project will end in the summer of 2024. The work that remains is to publish additional articles based on the data that we have.

The new Forte project will also focus on bullying and other negative exposures at work and it will last 2024–2026. We will examine various aspects of organizational and social work environment and health. The project will collect two types of data; data from a representative sample of all working in Sweden (via Statistics Sweden) and data from a number of different companies and organisations. In both cases, there will be longitudinal data. We will begin data collection after summer 2024 and the follow-up survey nine months later.

His research has also covered studies of crowds in connection with demonstrations and sports, parental groups in primary care, leadership at incident sites (cooperation between ambulance, emergency services and police), and PBL groups.

Publications (selected)


Rosander, M., & Nielsen, M. B. (2023). Workplace bullying in a group context: Are victim reports of working conditions representative for others at the workplace? Work & Stress.

Rosander, M., & Nielsen, M. B. (2023). Is there a blast radius of workplace bullying? Ripple effects on witnesses and non-witnesses. Current Psychology.

Rosander, M., & Nielsen, M. B. (2023). Perceived ability to defend oneself against negative treatment at work: Gender differences and different types of bullying behaviours. Applied Psychology, 72(4), 1430–1448.


Rosander, M., Hetland, J., & Einarsen, S. V. (2023). Workplace bullying and mental health problems in balanced and gender-dominated workplaces. Work & Stress, 37(3), 325–344.  

Rosander, M. (2023). Könsperspektiv på mobbning i svenskt arbetslivet [Gender perspectives on bullying in Swedish working life]. In H. Sandmarks (Ed.), Ett hälsofrämjande arbetsliv? Utmaningar och möjligheter [A health-promoting working life? Challenges and opportunities] (pp. 81–107). Studentlitteratur.

Rosander, M., & Salin, D. (2023). A hostile work climate and workplace bullying: Reciprocal effects and gender differencesEmployee Relations, 45(7), 46–61.

Rosander, M. & Nielsen, M. B. (2023). Witnessing bullying at work: Inactivity and the risk of becoming the next target. Psychology of Violence, 13(1), 34–42.

Nielsen, M. B., Rosander, M., & Einarsen, S. V. (2023). Witnessing workplace bullying — protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual health and well-being outcomesSystematic Reviews, 12(1), 119.

Zahlquist, L., Hetland, J., Notelaers, G., Rosander, M., & Einarsen, S. V. (2023). When the going gets tough and the environment is rough: The role of departmental level hostile work climate in the relationships between job stressors and workplace bullying. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20, 4464.


Rosander, M. & Blomberg, S. (2022). Workplace bullying of immigrants working in Sweden. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 33(14), 2914–2938.

Rosander, M., & Nielsen, M. B. (2022). Workplace bullying and tiredness at work: A cross-lagged prospective study of causal directions and the moderating effects of a conflict management climate. Journal of Occupational Health, 64(1), e12327.

Rosander, M., Salin, D., & Blomberg, S. (2022). The last resort: Workplace bullying and the consequences of changing jobsScandinavian Journal of Psychology, 63(3), 124–135.

Blomberg, S. & Rosander, M. (2022). When do poor health increase the risk of subsequent workplace bullying? The dangers of low or absent leadership supportEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 31(4), 485–495.


Rosander, M. (2021). Mental health problems as a risk factor for workplace bullying: The protective effect of a well-functioning organizationAnnals of Work Exposures and Health, 65(9), 1096–1106. 

Rosander, M. & Nielsen, M. B. (2021). Witnessing bullying at work: Inactivity and the risk of becoming the next target. Psychology of Violence. 

Nielsen, M. B., Rosander, M., Blomberg, S., & Einarsen, S. V. (2021). Killing two birds with one stone: How intervening when witnessing bullying at the workplace may help both target and the acting observerInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 94(2), 261–273.


Rosander, M., Salin, D., Viita, L., & Blomberg, S. (2020). Gender matters: Workplace bullying, gender, and mental healthFrontiers in Psychology, 11, 560178.

Blomberg, S. & Rosander, M. (2020). Exposure to bullying behaviours and support from co-workers and supervisors: a three-way interaction and the effect on health and well-being. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 93(4), 479–490.


Rosander, M., & Blomberg, S. (2019). Levels of workplace bullying and escalation – a new conceptual model based on cut-off scores, frequency and self-labelled victimizationEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 28(6), 769–783.