To step-in or to stand-by: Third party responses to abusive supervision

  • Kiazad, Kohyar (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Restubog, Simon (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Aquino, Karl (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Scott, Kristin (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Zagenczyk, Thomas (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Abusive supervision is costly in Australian organisations. Little is known about the experiences of third
parties who are not direct targets of abuse. Indeed, a large percentage of supervisor abuse that is witnessed
goes unreported. Using a multi-method approach, this project develops and tests a model that explains third
party responses to supervisor abuse. In addition to advancing theory, an evidence-based intervention
(including an action tool kit) is developed to empower third parties to combat supervisor abuse by engaging
in constructive action. Overall, research outcomes will provide actionable insights into what organisations
can do to encourage their employees to take a proactive stance against abusive supervision.
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/20


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$145,300.00