Article first published online: 16 JUL 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 531–543, May 2012
How to Cite
Xu, E., Huang, X., Lam, C. K. and Miao, Q. (2012), Abusive supervision and work behaviors: The mediating role of LMX. J. Organiz. Behav., 33: 531–543. doi: 10.1002/job.768
- Issue published online: 15 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 16 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 20 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: 2 JUL 2010
- abusive supervision;
- leader–member exchange (LMX);
- task performance;
We investigated the mediating role of the leader–member exchange (LMX) in the association of abusive supervision and employee work behaviors (task performance and organizational citizenship behaviors toward the organization and individuals). Using data collected from 366 supervisor–subordinate dyads, we found that LMX fully mediated the negative effects of abusive supervision on all three work behaviors. In addition, we conducted a supplementary study on the basis of the data collected from 54 supervisor–subordinate dyads from a garment company, and we found that LMX mediated the relationship between abusive supervision and employee objective future performance with interactional justice controlled. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.