Title

Abusive Supervision, Intentions to Quit, and Employees' Workplace Deviance: A Power/Dependence Analysis

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Abusive supervision, Intention to quit, Workplace deviance, Power/dependence

Discipline

Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Volume

109

Issue

2

First Page

156

Last Page

167

ISSN

0749-5978

Identifier

10.1016/j.obhdp.2009.03.004

Publisher

Elsevier