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UI Business Researchers Study Abusive Supervisors

A new study by University of Iowa researchers lends credence to the idea that supervisors who are productive have a long leash when it comes to bad behavior. The study, "Perpetuating Abusive Supervision: Third Party Reactions to Abuse in the Workplace," examines how third parties reacted to bad behavior on the part of supervisors. While many past studies have shown how the targets of the abuse react, this is the first scholarly effort at determining the reactions of others who see it or hear of it. The study team was led by Jonathan Shaffer, a doctoral student in the UI Tippie College of Business, and included Amy Colbert, assistant professor of management and organizations, and doctoral student Stephen Courtright.

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