What is it about?

This study investigated how religiosity, abusive supervision, and revenge are interconnected in the workplace. The study explored whether experiencing abusive supervision leads to a desire for revenge, which in turn influences deviant behavior at work. The researchers examined the role of religiosity in moderating these relationships. They collected data from 350 employees and used advanced statistical analysis to test their hypotheses.

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Why is it important?

This study is significant because it delves into the impact of religiosity on employees' behavior in response to abusive supervision. It reveals how religiosity can act as a buffer, diminishing the negative effects of abusive supervision and reducing the likelihood of engaging in deviant behavior. The findings highlight the importance of considering individual-level religiosity in understanding and managing workplace dynamics. By shedding light on the role of religiosity in mitigating harmful behaviors, this research provides insights that can help organizations foster a more inclusive and supportive work environment.


The research on the influence of religiosity in the workplace and its relationship with abusive supervision, revenge, and deviant behavior is a valuable contribution to the field. By exploring the complex interplay between these factors, the study deepens our understanding of how personal beliefs and experiences shape employee behavior. It opens avenues for further investigation and encourages organizations to consider religious beliefs as a crucial aspect of fostering a positive work environment.

Dr Saima Ahmad
RMIT University

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This page is a summary of: Does religiosity matter in the workplace? A moderated-mediated examination of abusive supervision, revenge and deviance, International Journal of Conflict Management, July 2023, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijcma-11-2022-0193.
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