Abusive supervision and counterproductive work behaviors: The Moderating Effects of Personality

Coralia Sulea, Saul Fine, Gabriel Fischmann, Florin A. Sava, Catalina Dumitru

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While counterproductive work behaviors (CWB) are considered to be associated with both personal and situational antecedents, the relationship between these two factors is not entirely understood. Toward a better understanding of this issue, the present study examined the moderating effects of personality traits on the relationship between a specific situational stressor, abusive supervision, and organization-targeted counterproductive behaviors (CWB-O). The results found significant main effects for both abusive supervision and personality, as expected, as well as a significant interaction between them, whereby employees with low scores in conscientiousness, agreeableness, and/or emotional stability were more likely to engage in CWB-O in response to abusive behaviors from their supervisors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personnel Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Abusive supervision
  • Counterproductive work behaviors
  • Interaction effects
  • personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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