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In a matched sample of 98 employed individuals and their direct supervisors, we examine how supervisor-rated stress is associated with employee-rated abusive supervision. In addition, we explore how supervisor exercise influences the relationship between supervisor stress and abusive supervision. Results of the study demonstrate that increased levels of supervisor-reported stress are related to the increased experience of employee-rated abusive supervision. We also find that higher levels of supervisor exercise reduces employee perceptions of abusive supervision in response to supervisor stress.

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Burton, J.P., Hoobler, J.M., Scheuer, M.L. (2012). Supervisor workplace stress and abusive supervision: The buffering effect of exercise. Journal of Business and Psychology, 27: 271-279.


Department of Management

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Department of Management





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