A statistical analysis-based Bayesian Network model for assessment of mobbing acts on ships

Ugurlu O., KARTAL Ş. E., Gündoğan O., AYDIN M., Wang J.

MARITIME POLICY & MANAGEMENT, vol.50, no.6, pp.750-775, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03088839.2022.2029606
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication Abstracts, EconLit, Environment Index, Geobase, Metadex, PAIS International, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, DIALNET, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.750-775
  • Keywords: Mobbing, seafarer, occupational safety, safe work environment, bullying, WORK-ENVIRONMENT, WORKPLACE
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Mobbing is a fundamental problem that disrupts the organization's structure and negatively affects its employees' safe work environment. The most critical issue in combating mobbing is increasing the awareness of victims, businesses and society about this problem. The importance of identifying this problem, which will adversely affect the professional life in the maritime profession, as in every professional group, is obvious. This study offers a statistical analysis-based dynamic Bayesian network to model seafarers' mobbing acts in merchant ships. In this research, measures against mobbing in the maritime industry are also recommended after determining the most frequent mobbing elements in ships. It is observed that the seafarers who have just stepped into onboard are more exposed to mobbing; in contrast, mobbing attacks experienced by seafarers decrease with an increase in age. The most frequent mobbing behaviours are listed as: "I am continually given new tasks", "My superiors restrict the opportunity for me to express myself" and "Unfounded rumours about me is circulated in the ship". The study reveals that while the maritime authorities such as PSC and the ITF have limited capabilities for solving mobbing related problems, the companies may have a crucial role to play in the process.