Abusive supervision and work behaviors: The mediating role of LMX

Erica Xu, Xu Huang, Catherine K. Lam, Qing Miao

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    We investigated the mediating role of the leader–member exchange (LMX) in the association of abusive supervision and employee work behaviors (task performance and organizational citizenship behaviors toward the organization and individuals). Using data collected from 366 supervisor–subordinate dyads, we found that LMX fully mediated the negative effects of abusive supervision on all three work behaviors. In addition, we conducted a supplementary study on the basis of the data collected from 54 supervisor–subordinate dyads from a garment company, and we found that LMX mediated the relationship between abusive supervision and employee objective future performance with interactional justice controlled.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)531–543
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
    Issue number4
    Early online date16 Jul 2011
    Publication statusPublished - May 2012

    User-Defined Keywords

    • abusive supervision
    • leader–member exchange (LMX)
    • task performance
    • OCBO
    • OCBI


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