Despite the growing attention on the topic of abusive supervision, how abusive supervision affects individual and team creativity have not yet been thoroughly investigated. Drawn from the perspective of leader-member exchange (LMX), the current study develops a multilevel model to describe the relationships between abusive supervision and creativity at both team and individual levels, with a focus on the roles played by team-level leader-member exchange (TLMX) and LMX differentiation (DLMX). Based on data collected from 319 team members and their team leaders in 71 teams, the results show that abusive supervision has a negative relationship with TLMX, a practice that is conducive to both team and individual creativity. At the team level, the negative relationship between abusive supervision and TLMX is lessened by a higher level of DLMX. In addition, the positive relationship between TLMX and team creativity is weakened by a higher level of DLMX. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
Frontiers in Psychology
He, C., Teng, R., Zhou, L., Wang, V. L., & Yuan, J. (2021). Abusive Supervision, Leader-Member Exchange, and Creativity: A Multilevel Examination. Frontiers in Psychology, 12(647169), 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.647169