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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Does change incite abusive supervision? The role of transformational change and hindrance stress
Organization Unit
  • Stijn Decoster
  • Leander de Schutter
  • Jochen Menges
  • David De Cremer
  • Jeroen Stouten
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Human Resource Management Journal
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0954-5395
Volume 33
Number 4
Page Range 957 - 976
Date 2023
Abstract Text To remain competitive, organizations tend to change their established ways of working, their strategy, the core values, and the organizational structure. Such thorough changes are referred to as transformational change. Unfortunately, transformational change is often unsuccessful because organizational members do not always welcome the change. Although organizations often expect their supervisors to be successful role-models and change-agents during the transformational change process, we argue that initiating transformational change could increase supervisors' hindrance stress levels, which may result in abusive behaviors towards employees. More specifically, in a multi-source survey and an experimental study, we find evidence that transformational change is associated with supervisors' experienced hindrance stress, which subsequently led to more abusive behaviors towards employees.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1111/1748-8583.12494
Other Identification Number merlin-id:23387
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