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Abusive supervision and knowledge sharing: moderating roles of Islamic work ethic and learning goal orientation

Talat Islam (Institute of Business Administration, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Saima Ahmad (Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Ahmad Kaleem (Department of Management, Central Queensland University – Melbourne Campus, Melbourne, Australia)
Khalid Mahmood (Department of Information Management, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 3 June 2020

Issue publication date: 22 January 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to extend the scant literature on the effect of abusive supervision on knowledge sharing by examining the roles of Islamic work ethic and learning goal orientation in moderating the effect.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper utilizes a cross-lagged survey research design to collect data from 735 employees working in the services and manufacturing sectors of Pakistan.

Findings

The data analysis revealed that abusive supervision has a damaging effect on knowledge sharing in the workplace. However, employee learning goal orientation and the Islamic work ethic help in mitigating this detrimental effect.

Research limitations/implications

The main theoretical implication is to advance knowledge on the boundary conditions that help in mitigating the undesirable effect of abusive supervision on sharing of knowledge in organizational settings.

Practical implications

This paper provides practical insights into mitigating the damaging effects of abusive supervision, a prevalent issue in Asian societies, through the lenses of Islamic business ethics and learning goal orientation.

Originality/value

This is the first study that examines the boundary conditions placed by the Islamic work ethic and learning goal orientation around the relationship between abusive supervision and knowledge sharing in the context of Pakistan.

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Acknowledgements

We are thankful to the reviewers for their valuable suggestions.

Citation

Islam, T., Ahmad, S., Kaleem, A. and Mahmood, K. (2021), "Abusive supervision and knowledge sharing: moderating roles of Islamic work ethic and learning goal orientation", Management Decision, Vol. 59 No. 2, pp. 205-222. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-08-2019-1069

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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