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Title: Abusive supervision through the lens of employee state paranoia
Authors: Chan, M.E.
McAllister, D.J. 
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Citation: Chan, M.E., McAllister, D.J. (2014-01-01). Abusive supervision through the lens of employee state paranoia. Academy of Management Review 39 (1) : 44-66. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We use insights into the social dynamics of state paranoia to better understand and explain the evolution and effects of perceived abusive supervision. Within our framework, abusive supervision and employee state paranoia are reciprocally related. We explain how perceived abusive supervision can influence paranoid arousal (characterized by extreme distrust, a sense of threat, anxiety, and fear of one's supervisor) and paranoid cognition (characterized by hypervigilance, rumination, and sinister attribution tendencies) and how it has attendant implications for employee behavior. We also identify an intrapersonal mechanism of cognitive bias (e.g., sinister attribution tendencies, interpretive bias), and an interpersonal process of victim precipitation whereby employee state paranoia can influence both experienced and subjective evaluations of abusive supervision. In addition, we identify personal, relational, and contextual factors that moderate the relationship between abusive supervision and employee state paranoia. Our analysis brings into focus the psychological and emergent nature of abusive supervision, as well as the mechanisms by which abusive supervision influences employee psychological well-being and behavior. © Academy of Management Review.
Source Title: Academy of Management Review
ISSN: 03637425
DOI: 10.5465/amr.2011.0419
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