Abusive supervision, prosocial behavior, justice climate
This dissertation examines what happens when employees witness supervisory abuse in the workplace. In particular, it explores whether-and when-employees will respond to witnessing supervisory abuse of a coworker by engaging in prosocial actions aimed at benefitting the target of abuse. In doing so, it extends work on abusive supervision. Traditionally, abusive supervision research has focused on the impact of abuse on the victim him/herself. However, this work explores the impact of abusive supervision on third party observers. In addition, because abusive supervision represents a form of organizational injustice, this dissertation extends both work on abusive supervision and third party reactions to injustice by considering the positive, prosocial reactions abuse might trigger in employees.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Business Administration
Business Administration; Management
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Business Administration -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Business Administration
Priesemuth, Manuela, "Stand up and Speak up: Employees' Prosocial Reactions to Observed Abusive Supervision" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4683.