Role of gender on the relationship between abusive supervision and employee’s intention to quit in Indian electricity distribution companies

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

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Publication date: 4 June 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is twofold; first, to examine the relationship between employee’s perception of abusive supervision and their intention to quit the organization and, second, to investigate the moderating role of gender differences on this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 227 employees working in an Indian electricity distribution company through self-report questionnaires using a time-lagged design on two occasions (span between T1 and T2 was 3 to 4 weeks).

Findings

The finding of the study confirms that abusive supervision is strongly related to subordinates’ intention to quit. The study also reveals that women employees intend to quit organization more often than their men counterpart, when they perceive their supervisors to be abusive.

Originality/value

The research provides insight into how an interpersonal stressor like abusive supervision depletes an employee’s critical resources (conservation of resources theory) and thereby amplifies the employee’s intention to quit. The study is among the first to also reveal different coping strategies (to quit or not to quit) used by male and female employee (in line with “Role theory”) when faced with an interpersonal stressor like abusive supervision.

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Citation

Sajeet Pradhan, Lalatendu Kesari Jena and Mamta Mohapatra (2018) "Role of gender on the relationship between abusive supervision and employee’s intention to quit in Indian electricity distribution companies", Gender in Management, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 282-295

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-01-2017-0008

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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