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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