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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (1) : 145-155     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00145
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A multiple model of abusive supervision based on moral exclusion theory: The role of organizational justice
YAN Yu; ZHANG Zhenjia
(Department of Psychology, School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China)
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In recent years, abusive supervision has received increasing attention from organizational behavior researchers. However, previous studies have primarily focused on how abusive supervision negatively affects individuals and the underlying mechanism, with few examining this topic on the organizational level. Based on moral exclusion theory, we illustrated the effect of abusive supervision on organizational justice, and established a conceptual multilevel model explaining the effect of abusive supervision on employees through organizational justice. In addition, we discussed the effects of abusive supervision at both individual and organizational levels, as well as the cross-level effects. Our discussion also integrated leaders’, targets’, and bystanders’ angles. We suggest that future studies explore the role of culture in abusive supervision research, investigate the role of other organizational justice dimensions on the effects of abusive supervision, and improve existing research methods. Further, we encourage researchers to explore positive coping strategies against abusive supervision, and to examine the motives for leaders to engage in abusive supervision.

Keywords abusive supervision      moral exclusion theory      organizational justice      multi-level      multi-perspective     
Corresponding Authors: YAN Yu, E-mail:   
Issue Date: 15 January 2017
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YAN Yu,ZHANG Zhenjia. A multiple model of abusive supervision based on moral exclusion theory: The role of organizational justice[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(1): 145-155.
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