How Abusive Supervision Makes Me Seek Feedback: From a Resource Acquisition Perspective

Eryue Teng, Ming Lou, Yang Qiu

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While researches have primarily focused on the detrimental effects of abusive supervision, scholars still found its potential positive effects. Drawing from the conservation of resources theory, we develop and test a model that specifies how and why abusive supervision increases subordinates’ feedback seeking behaviors. Via a two-wave sampling study, we found that abusive supervision was positively related to subordinates’ workplace anxiety, which in turn interacted with subordinates’ regulatory focus to predict subordinates’ feedback seeking behaviors. When subordinates were highly prevention-focused, workplace anxiety was likely to make them engage in feedback monitoring. In contrast, highly promotion-focused subordinates were inclined to choose feedback inquiry. The implications of these findings and future research directions have been discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAOM Annual Meeting Proceedings 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2021 - Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2021


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