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When does abusive supervision mitigate work effort? Moderating roles of cognitive reappraisal and rumination

Alisher Tohirovich Dedahanov (School of Business, Yeungnam University , Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea)
Siyuan Miao ( Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics , Nanjing, China)
Aleksey Aleksandrovich Semyonov ( Team University , Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 15 February 2021

Issue publication date: 20 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the boundary condition roles of cognitive reappraisal and rumination in the link between abusive supervision and work effort.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey data were collected from 545 highly skilled employees of manufacturing companies. We excluded 161 of these questionnaires because they were incomplete and used 384 questionnaires in the analyses. To assess the validity of proposed hypotheses, we conducted hierarchical regression analysis.

Findings

The results indicate that cognitive reappraisal weakens the negative link between abusive supervision and work effort. Moreover, individuals who ruminate tend to exhibit reduced work effort when they experience abusive behavior from their supervisors.

Originality/value

This study is the first to investigate the moderating roles of cognitive reappraisal and rumination in the link between abusive supervision and work effort. The findings can help organizations understand the situations when abusive supervision decreases levels of work effort among employees and when subordinates maintain their levels of work effort.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central University in China (2020), Grant/Award Number: NJ2020046; Postdoctoral Research Funds of Jiangsu Province (2020), Grant/Award Number: 2020Z443; and National Natural Science Foundation of China (2020), Grant/Award Number: 72032002.

Citation

Dedahanov, A.T., Miao, S. and Semyonov, A.A. (2021), "When does abusive supervision mitigate work effort? Moderating roles of cognitive reappraisal and rumination", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 467-479. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-07-2020-0312

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