Abusive supervision, leader-member exchange and moral disengagement: a moderated-mediation model of organizational deviance.

Research paper by Matthew M Valle, K Michele KM Kacmar, Suzanne S Zivnuska, Troy T Harting

Indexed on: 21 Apr '18Published on: 21 Apr '18Published in: The Journal of social psychology


This paper draws from social exchange theory and social cognitive theory to explore moral disengagement as a potential mediator of the relationship between abusive supervision and organizational deviance. We also explore the moderating effect of leader-member exchange (LMX) on this mediated relationship. Results indicate that employees with abusive supervisors engaged in moral disengagement strategies and subsequently in organizational deviance behaviors. Additionally, this relationship was stronger for those higher in LMX. Important implications for management research and practice are discussed.