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Righting a wrong: Retaliation on a voodoo doll symbolizing an abusive supervisor restores justice

Published on Feb 1, 2018in Leadership Quarterly 5.63
· DOI :10.1016/j.leaqua.2018.01.004
Lindie H. Liang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(WLU: Wilfrid Laurier University),
Douglas J. Brown29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UW: University of Waterloo)
+ 3 AuthorsLisa M. Keeping14
Estimated H-index: 14
(WLU: Wilfrid Laurier University)
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Abstract When a subordinate receives abusive treatment from a supervisor, a natural response is to retaliate against the supervisor. Although retaliation is dysfunctional and should be discouraged, we examine the potential functional role retaliation plays in terms of alleviating the negative consequences of abusive supervision on subordinate justice perceptions. Based on the notion that retaliation following mistreatment can restore justice for victims, we propose a model whereby retaliation following abusive supervision alleviates the negative effect of abusive supervision on subordinate justice perceptions. In two experimental studies (Study 1 and 2), whereby we manipulated abusive supervision and subordinate symbolic retaliation—in particular, harming a voodoo doll that represents the abusive supervisor—we found general support for our predictions. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
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Published on Nov 1, 2018in Journal of Organizational Behavior 5.00
Lindie H. Liang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(WLU: Wilfrid Laurier University),
Samuel Hanig2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UW: University of Waterloo)
+ 2 AuthorsHuiwen Lian11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UK: University of Kentucky)
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Published on Nov 20, 2017in Journal of Applied Psychology 5.07
Lindie H. Liang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(WLU: Wilfrid Laurier University),
Douglas J. Brown29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UW: University of Waterloo)
+ 3 AuthorsLisa M. Keeping14
Estimated H-index: 14
(WLU: Wilfrid Laurier University)
On the basis of the notion that the ability to exert self-control is critical to the regulation of aggressive behaviors, we suggest that mindfulness, an aspect of the self-control process, plays a key role in curbing workplace aggression. In particular, we note the conceptual and empirical distinctions between dimensions of mindfulness (i.e., mindful awareness and mindful acceptance) and investigate their respective abilities to regulate workplace aggression. In an experimental study (Study 1), ...
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Published on Oct 1, 2017in Leadership Quarterly 5.63
Kimberley Breevaart8
Estimated H-index: 8
(VU: VU University Amsterdam),
Reinout E. de Vries26
Estimated H-index: 26
(UT: University of Twente)
Abusive supervision is detrimental to both subordinates and organizations. Knowledge about individual differences in personality related to abusive supervision may improve personnel selection and potentially reduce the harmful effects of this type of leadership. Using the HEXACO personality framework, we hypothesized that subordinates perceive leaders high on Agreeableness and Honesty-Humility as less abusive. In a sample of 107 unique supervisor-subordinate dyads that filled out the online ques...
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Published on Jul 1, 2017in Journal of Management 9.06
Thomas Fischer1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
Joerg Dietz19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
John Antonakis30
Estimated H-index: 30
(UNIL: University of Lausanne)
In organizational research, studying “processes” is important for uncovering and understanding the underlying causal mechanisms in a predictor-mediator-outcome logic. Processes answer “how” and “why” questions and provide more complete explanations about phenomena. Our focus in this review is on studies of leadership processes, which we systematically analyze to report on the state of the science. In doing so, we present a two-dimensional target-centric taxonomy to integrate previous research: T...
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Published on Jul 1, 2017in Journal of Management 9.06
Jeremy D. Mackey10
Estimated H-index: 10
(AU: Auburn University),
Rachel E. Frieder6
Estimated H-index: 6
(ODU: Old Dominion University)
+ 1 AuthorsMark J. Martinko8
Estimated H-index: 8
(FAMU: Florida A&M University)
We conducted a meta-analysis and empirical review of abusive supervision research in order to derive meta-analytic population estimates for the relationships between perceptions of abusive supervision and numerous demographic, justice, individual difference, leadership, and outcome variables. The use of psychometric correction enabled us to provide weighted mean correlations and population correlation estimates that accounted for attenuation due to measurement error and sampling error variance. ...
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Published on Feb 1, 2017in Leadership Quarterly 5.63
John Antonakis30
Estimated H-index: 30
(UNIL: University of Lausanne)
Abstract In this position paper, I argue that the main purpose of research is to discover and report on phenomena in a truthful manner. Once uncovered, these phenomena can have important implications for society. The utility of research depends on whether it makes a contribution because it is original or can add to cumulative research efforts, is rigorously and reliably done, and is able to inform basic or applied research and later policy. However, five serious “diseases” stifle the production ...
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Published on Aug 1, 2016in Academy of Management Journal 7.19
Lindie H. Liang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UW: University of Waterloo),
Huiwen Lian11
Estimated H-index: 11
(HKUST: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
+ 3 AuthorsLisa M. Keeping14
Estimated H-index: 14
(WLU: Wilfrid Laurier University)
Building on prior work which has shown that abusive supervision is a reaction to subordinates’ poor performance, we develop a self-control framework to outline when and why supervisors abuse poor-performing subordinates. In particular, we argue that poor-performing subordinates instill in supervisors a sense of hostility toward the subordinate, which in turn leads to engaging in abusive supervision. Within this self-control framework, poor performance is more likely to lead to abusive supervisio...
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Published on Mar 1, 2016in Behavior Research Methods 4.06
David J. Hauser6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UM: University of Michigan),
Norbert Schwarz93
Estimated H-index: 93
(SC: University of Southern California)
Participant attentiveness is a concern for many researchers using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk). Although studies comparing the attentiveness of participants on MTurk versus traditional subject pool samples have provided mixed support for this concern, attention check questions and other methods of ensuring participant attention have become prolific in MTurk studies. Because MTurk is a population that learns, we hypothesized that MTurkers would be more attentive to instructions than are tradi...
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Published on Jan 1, 2016in Psychology of Violence 2.77
Randy J. McCarthy9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NIU: Northern Illinois University),
Julie L. Crouch15
Estimated H-index: 15
(NIU: Northern Illinois University)
+ 2 AuthorsJohn J. Skowronski35
Estimated H-index: 35
(NIU: Northern Illinois University)
OBJECTIVE: Six studies (N = 1,081 general population parents) assessed the validity of the voodoo doll task (VDT) as a proxy for aggressive parenting behaviors. METHOD: Participants were given an opportunity to symbolically inflict harm by choosing to stick "pins" into a doll representing their child. RESULTS: Individual differences in parents' trait aggression (Studies 1, 2, and 6), state hostility (Study 3), attitudes toward the corporal punishment of children (Study 4), self-control (Study 6)...
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Published on Oct 1, 2015in Personnel Psychology 6.93
Bennett J. Tepper4
Estimated H-index: 4
(OSU: Ohio State University),
Marie S. Mitchell13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UGA: University of Georgia)
+ 2 AuthorsHee Man Park3
Estimated H-index: 3
(OSU: Ohio State University)
We invoke competing theoretical perspectives to examine the consequences for subordinates of involvement in relationships that vary in terms of downward hostility (i.e., hostility enacted by supervisors against direct reports) and upward hostility (i.e., hostility enacted by subordinates against immediate supervisors). Consistent with the perspective that targets of downward hostility are less likely to see themselves as victims when they perform acts of upward hostility, analysis of 2-wave data...
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Published on Feb 1, 2019in Leadership Quarterly 5.63
John Antonakis30
Estimated H-index: 30
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
George C. Banks21
Estimated H-index: 21
(UNCC: University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
+ 17 AuthorsS. Alexander Haslam67
Estimated H-index: 67
(UQ: University of Queensland)
The Leadership Quarterly has developed the reputation of being the custodian of the best multidisciplinary scientific research focusing on leadership. This reputation has been the result of the efforts of successive editorial teams who laid important foundations in building the journal (see joint article from former editors: Atwater, Mumford, Tosi, & Yammarino, 2014). We are passionate about scientific discovery and aspire to publish the best leadership research, on par with that of the top gene...
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Published on Nov 1, 2018in Journal of Operations Management 7.78
Sirio Lonati1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
Bernardo F. Quiroga2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UC: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)
+ 1 AuthorsJohn Antonakis30
Estimated H-index: 30
(UNIL: University of Lausanne)
Abstract Although experiments are the gold standard for establishing causality, several threats can undermine the internal validity of experimental findings. In this article, we first discuss these threats, which include the lack of consequential decisions and outcomes, deception, demand effects and unfair comparisons, as well as issues concerning statistical validity (e.g., minimum sample size per cell, estimating variance correctly). We expose each problem, show potential solutions, and bring ...
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Published on Sep 14, 2018in BMJ 27.60
Janice Hopkins Tanne10
Estimated H-index: 10
Cannibalism isn’t very nutritious, roller coasters can remove kidney stones, self colonoscopy is a useful idea, postage stamps can evaluate nocturnal penile erections, human saliva is a good cleaning agent, and other surprising discoveries won Ig Nobel Awards last night at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Ig Nobels are for research that first makes people laugh and then makes them think. They are given annually by the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research , the...
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