International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


A “Bully” in its Own China Shop: Risk Factors for Abusive Supervision in Small Firms
Patricia A. Meglich, Dale T. Eesley

Scholarly interest in the phenomenon of abusive supervision has grown in recent years. While the prevailing literature considers abusive supervision as it occurs in corporate settings, the abuse of employees in small business firms is virtually unexplored. Yet because of the nature of such firms, the probability of abuse is much higher. We present the rationale for myriad factors that we propose will explain the increased likelihood of abuse in small firms. We discuss why structural factors and personal characteristics of owner-founders are potential antecedents to abusive supervision in small owner-founded firms.

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