The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between authoritarian leadership, organizational citizenship behavior toward one’s supervisor (OCBS) and organizational deviance. The authors hypothesized curvilinear relationships between authoritarian leadership and OCBS, and between authoritarian leadership and organizational deviance.
The authors analyzed two-source survey data of 240 employee–supervisor dyads collected from seven organizations in Pakistan.
Employees exhibited most OCBS and least organizational deviance at intermediate levels of authoritarian leadership. Employees’ perception of a benevolent climate at work moderated the curvilinear relations.
The authors cannot draw causal inferences because of cross-sectional data. Furthermore, the authors’ results may be limited to cultures with high collectivism and high power distance.
This study envisions and illuminates a new avenue of curvilinear relationships among authoritarian leadership, OCBS and organizational deviance.
The two sources (employee–supervisor dyads) data collected from seven organizations supported a unique curvilinear relationship between authoritarian leadership, OCBS and organizational deviance.
Ahmad Bodla, A., Tang, N., Van Dick, R. and Mir, U.R. (2019), "Authoritarian leadership, organizational citizenship behavior, and organizational deviance: Curvilinear relationships", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 40 No. 5, pp. 583-599. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-08-2018-0313
Emerald Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited