The Mediating Role of Perceptions of Abusive Supervision in the Relationship Between Personality and Aggression

Jeremy Brees, Jeremy Mackey, Mark Martinko, Paul Harvey

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Abstract

This study examines whether subordinates’ perceptions of abusive supervision mediate the relationship between subordinate personality and aggression. Results from a cross-organizational sample of 411 working adults suggest that subordinates’ perceptions of abusive supervision account for some of the variance in the relationships between subordinate Agreeableness, Emotional Stability, Extraversion, and subordinate aggression. This study suggests that social-information processing and perceptions of control found within subordinates’ personality influences whether they are more or less likely to perceive supervisory abuse. Perceptions of supervisory abuse were associated with aggression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-413
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • abusive supervision
  • aggression
  • personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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