Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 73–99

A Qualitative and Quantitative Review of Antecedents of Counterproductive Behavior in Organizations

  • Vivian C. S. Lau
  • Wing Tung Au
  • Jane M. C. Ho
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025035004930

Cite this article as:
Lau, V.C.S., Au, W.T. & Ho, J.M.C. Journal of Business and Psychology (2003) 18: 73. doi:10.1023/A:1025035004930

Abstract

This paper presents a qualitative and quantitative review of the antecedents of counterproductive behaviors (CPB). The qualitative review organizes antecedents identified in past research into four broad categories: personal, organizational, work, and contextual factors. The quantitative review includes metaanalyses of 40 published studies with a combined sample size of 42,359. The results indicate that employees who are young or dissatisfied engage in more CPBs. In addition, absenteeism is more prevalent among employees who are young, female, have lower income, have lower job satisfaction, and who perceive a stronger absence norm, or a stronger ability to be on time.

counterproductive behavior metaanalysis 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vivian C. S. Lau
    • 1
  • Wing Tung Au
    • 2
  • Jane M. C. Ho
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongHongkong
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin, NTHong Kong SAR, China