Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 129, Issue 3, pp 721–731 | Cite as

The Influence of Abusive Supervision and Job Embeddedness on Citizenship and Deviance

  • James B. Avey
  • Keke Wu
  • Erica Holley


This paper draws from the turnover and emotions literatures to explore how job embeddedness, in the context of abusive supervision, can impact job frustration, citizenship withdrawal, and employee deviance. Results indicate that employees with abusive supervisors were more likely to be frustrated with their jobs and engage in more deviance behaviors. And yet, the relationship between abusive supervision and job frustration was moderated by job embeddedness such that the relationship was weaker and negative for those higher in job embeddedness and stronger and positive for those lower in job embeddedness. In other words, contrary to our original predictions, individuals who were more embedded in their jobs with an abusive supervisor were actually less likely to experience job frustration or engage deviance behaviors. Important implications for management research and practice are discussed.


Job embeddedness Abusive supervision Deviance Job frustration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementCentral Washington UniversityEllensburgUSA

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