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Abusive supervision, intentions to quit, and employees' workplace deviance: A power/dependence analysis

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  • Tepper, Bennett J.
  • Carr, Jon C.
  • Breaux, Denise M.
  • Geider, Sharon
  • Hu, Changya
  • Hua, Wei

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We conducted a two-study examination of relationships between abusive supervision and subordinates' workplace deviance. Consistent with predictions derived from power/dependence theory, the results of a cross-sectional study with employees from three organizations suggest that abusive supervision is more strongly associated with subordinates' organization deviance and supervisor-directed deviance when subordinates' intention to quit is higher. The results also support the prediction that when intention to quit is higher, abusive supervision is more strongly associated with supervisor-directed deviance than with organization-directed deviance. These results were replicated in a second study, a two-wave investigation of people employed in a variety of industries and occupations.

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  • Tepper, Bennett J. & Carr, Jon C. & Breaux, Denise M. & Geider, Sharon & Hu, Changya & Hua, Wei, 2009. "Abusive supervision, intentions to quit, and employees' workplace deviance: A power/dependence analysis," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 109(2), pages 156-167, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jobhdp:v:109:y:2009:i:2:p:156-167
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