About

Start your brilliant career with a degree from Australia's #1 ranked university.

News

Find contact details for any general enquiries.

Events

Find contact details for any general enquiries.

Study with us

Our graduates gain the knowledge and skills to lead organisations, develop public policy, create new companies and undertake research.

Our research

Our research is focused on issues that are highly significant for organisations, the Australian economy, and society at large.

Student resources

Whether you're a new or continuing student, you can find everything you need here about managing your program and the opportunities available to you.

Alumni

Our alumni may be found in the world’s leading companies, policy agencies and universities.

Contact us

Find contact details for any general enquiries.

Suffering in silence: Investigating the role of fear in the relationship between abusive supervision and defensive silence

Suffering in silence: Investigating the role of fear

Christian Kiewitz, Simon Restubog,  Mindy Shoss, Patrick Garcia and Robert Tang

Drawing from an approach-avoidance perspective, we examine the relationships between subordinates’ perceptions of abusive supervision, fear, defensive silence, and ultimately with abusive supervision at a later time point. We also account for the effects of subordinates’ assertiveness and individual perceptions of a climate of fear to influence the predicted mediated relationships. We test this moderated mediation model with data from three studies involving different sources collected across various measurement periods.

Results corroborated our predictions by showing: 1) a significant association between abusive supervision and subordinates’ fear; 2) second-stage moderation effects of subordinates’ assertiveness and their individual perceptions of a climate of fear in the abusive supervision/fear/defensive silence relationships (with lower assertiveness and higher levels of climate-of-fear perceptions exacerbating the detrimental effects of abusive supervision); and 3) first-stage moderation effects of subordinates’ assertiveness and climate-of-fear perceptions in the relationships linking fear to defensive silence and abusive supervision at a later time.

Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Partnership opportunities available

Our College is actively engaged in partnering with industry for the co-creation of value in areas congruent with our research agenda

Find out more >>

Other research you might be interested in

23

Updated:   8 March 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team