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Relationship of abusive supervision and employees’ helping behaviors: moderated-mediation perspective

Muhammad Asim (School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Zhiying Liu (School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Muhammad Athar Nadeem (International Institute of Finance, School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Usman Ghani (Department of Business Administration, IQRA University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Junaid Khalid (School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China and Department of Marketing and International Business, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan)
Yi Xu (International Institute of Finance, School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)

International Journal of Conflict Management

ISSN: 1044-4068

Article publication date: 6 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study, based on the conservation of resource theory, aims to investigate the negative impacts of abusive supervision on helping behaviors among employees by examining the mediating role of rumination and the moderating role of psychological flexibility.

Design/methodology/approach

A total sample of 282 reliable questionnaires are collected from 282 employees working in education and banking sectors of Pakistan. SPSS and AMOS are used for data analysis of the proposed model.

Findings

The findings reveal that rumination mediates the relationship between abusive supervision and employees’ helping behavior. In addition, the results show that higher levels of psychological flexibility negatively moderate the relationship between abusive supervision and employees’ helping behaviors through mediation.

Practical implications

This study elucidates how and when abusive supervision deters helping behavior among employees and provides useful guidelines for banking/university’s administration to understand harmful consequences of abusive supervision and take appropriate policy measures to lessen their harmful effects upon employees.

Originality/value

By proposing a moderated mediation model, this study discovers rumination as a key mediator that links abusive supervision to employees’ helping behaviors and identifies the role of psychological flexibility in diminishing the negative impacts of abusive supervision upon employees’ helping behaviors through rumination.

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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project Fund No. 71472172).

Citation

Asim, M., Liu, Z., Nadeem, M.A., Ghani, U., Khalid, J. and Xu, Y. (2023), "Relationship of abusive supervision and employees’ helping behaviors: moderated-mediation perspective", International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCMA-11-2021-0185

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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