The influence of abusive supervisors on followers' organizational citizenship behaviours: The hidden costs of abusive supervision

Alannah E. Rafferty, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog

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Abstract

In this paper, we identified an expanded array of mediators including interactional justice, organizational-based self-esteem, and the meaning of work, which link abusive supervision to two organizational citizenship behaviours - prosocial silence and prosocial voice. Data from 175 employee-supervisor dyads in the Philippines were collected. Results of structural equation modelling revealed that abusive supervision was significantly negatively associated with followers' perceptions of interactional justice, which in turn was negatively associated with supervisor-rated prosocial voice behaviours. In addition, abusive supervision was negatively associated with followers' beliefs that they are engaged in meaningful work and with organizational-based self-esteem, which in turn negatively influenced self-rated prosocial silence. The discussion focuses on the implications of the hidden costs of abusive supervision in organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-285
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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