Abusive supervision differentiation and work outcomes: An integrative review and future research agenda

Yongyi Liang, Ming Yan*, Yuanyi Chen, Chunchun Miao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although the volume of literature on abusive supervision differentiation has increased in recent years, it remains a loosely organized body of work, with various conceptualizations, measurements, and contradictory opinions that create considerable confusion for future research. In this paper, we systematically review the conceptualizations and measurements and differentiate two levels of abusive supervision differentiation: abusive supervision dispersion at the group level and relative abusive supervision at the individual-within-group level. We then review the theoretical approaches and empirical findings on the consequences of abusive supervision dispersion and relative abusive supervision. Through this holistic review, we identify several conceptual and measurement issues associated with abusive supervision differentiation and find contradictory findings regarding the effects of abusive supervision differentiation. Accordingly, we propose a future research agenda that highlights the areas where additional research is needed to further our understanding of this topic. By doing so, we contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of abusive supervision differentiation and to the theoretical development of this subject.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalApplied Psychology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Apr 2024

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • abusive supervision differentiation
  • abusive supervision dispersion
  • relative abusive supervision


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