Abusive supervision: a framework of developmental solutions to this workplace menace

Sajeet Pradhan (Department of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, International Management Institute, New Delhi, India)
Lalatendu Kesari Jena (School of Human Resource Management, Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, India)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Publication date: 5 March 2018



The purpose of this paper is to offer a preventive framework that will neutralize the pernicious effects of abusive supervision in organizations.


Based on the extant literature, the study takes an exploratory viewpoint of the harmful effects of abusive supervision on subordinates and offers intervention strategies that will provide both preemptive measures and reactive recourse for the victim.


As abusive supervision cannot be completely eradicated from workplace, the study offers a preventive framework (based on the stress and health management models of Parkes and Sparkes, 1998; Quick, 1999) that will counter abusive supervision at different points in time and through different interventions (psychosocial and socio-technical).


The paper is the first of its kind as it offers a comprehensive solution (both proactive and reactive) to the problems associated with abusive supervision. Previous studies have purely focused on various coping mechanisms for the victim.



Sajeet Pradhan and Lalatendu Kesari Jena (2018) "Abusive supervision: a framework of developmental solutions to this workplace menace", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 20-23

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: https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-04-2017-0034



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