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Abusive Supervision, Intentions To Quit, And Employees' Workplace Deviance: A Power/dependence Analysis

B. J. Tepper, J. Carr, Denise M. Breaux, S. Geider, C. Hu, W. Hua
Published 2009 · Psychology

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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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