Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Management

Title

Hostile attribution bias and negative reciprocity beliefs exacerbate incivility’s effects on interpersonal deviance

Language

English

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the moderating roles of hostile attribution bias and negative reciprocity beliefs in the relationship between workplace incivility, as perceived by employees, and their interpersonal deviance. Data were collected using a three-wave survey research design. Participants included 233 employees from a large manufacturing company in China. Hierarchical regression analyses were used to test the hypothesized relationships. Our study revealed that hostile attribution bias and negative reciprocity beliefs strengthened the positive relationship between workplace incivility and interpersonal deviance. This relationship was the most positive when both hostile attribution bias and negative reciprocity beliefs were high. The findings provided evidence that directing employees to depress hostile attribution bias and negative reciprocity beliefs may attenuate the effects of workplace incivility on interpersonal deviance. Implications for theory, research, and management practice are discussed. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Keywords

Deviance, Hostile attribution bias, Incivility, Negative reciprocity beliefs

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Journal of Business Ethics

Volume

120

Issue

2

Start Page

189

End Page

199

Publisher

Springer Verlag

DOI

10.1007/s10551-013-1658-6

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-013-1658-6

ISSN (print)

01674544

ISSN (electronic)

15730697

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