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Identifying the relationship between abusive supervision and organizational members’ deviant behavior, in-role behavior and work–life balance

Taejun Cho (Department of Creative Human Resource Development, Incheon National University, Incheon, Republic of Korea)
Yongho Park (Department of Creative Human Resource Development, Incheon National University, Incheon, Republic of Korea)
Jaeyeon Jang (Department of Education, Incheon National University, Incheon, Republic of Korea)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 19 October 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationships among abusive supervision, in-role behavior, career commitment and work–life balance.

Design/methodology/approach

The data were collected from 310 South Korean company employees using the survey method. To investigate the research hypotheses, structural equation modeling analysis was conducted.

Findings

This study found negative effects of abusive supervision on in-role behavior, career commitment and work–life balance. Career commitment and work–life balance has the positive influences on in-role behavior. These results support the research hypotheses.

Research limitations/implications

Although this study empirically confirmed the negative effects of abusive supervision on employees’ attitudes toward their careers, lives and working behavior, the influence of cultural aspects was not considered. This study found mediating effects of work–life balance and career commitment.

Practical implications

This study points out that one leader with abusive supervision can negate all organizational efforts aimed at employees’ well-being because the influence of leaders on employees’ careers, lives and working behavior is very critical.

Originality/value

This paper provides a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between abusive supervision and other related variables from a human resource development perspective.

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Acknowledgements

This study was supported by Incheon National University Research Grant.

Citation

Cho, T., Park, Y. and Jang, J. (2023), "Identifying the relationship between abusive supervision and organizational members’ deviant behavior, in-role behavior and work–life balance", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 55 No. 1, pp. 112-123. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-03-2021-0021

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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