Marie Mitchell: Abusive Supervision

Mike interviews Marie Mitchell about a study she and Maureen Ambrose conducted examining the effects of abusive supervision on workplace deviance. Drawing on a sample of participants from a wide variety of organizations, they found that employees with abusive supervisors were likely to retaliate against their abusers, and were also likely to displace their aggression at other targets, including their coworkers and the organization in general.

Marie Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a faculty member of the Gallup Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Recommended further readings:

  • Mitchell, M. S., & Ambrose, M. L. (2007). Abusive supervision and workplace deviance and the moderating effects of negative reciprocity beliefs. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 1159-1168.
  • Sutton, R. I. (2007). The no asshole rule: Building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t. New York: Warner Business Books.
  • Tepper, B. J. (2000). Consequences of abusive supervision. Academy of Management Journal. 43, 178-190.
  • Tepper, B. J. (2007). Abusive supervision in work organizations: Review synthesis, and research agenda. Journal of Management, 33, 261-289.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is an Assistant Professor in Department of Management and Organization at the University of Washington. He can be reached via