Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Academic Areas

The OBHR area aims to understand various aspects of human behaviour at work. Many of our faculty members are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to conduct leading edge research in such areas as employee motivation, leadership, workplace bullying, diversity and culture, decision-making, sustainability, and employee well-being and safety. Our area has a thriving PhD program with students from all over the world working with faculty to conduct world-class research.

Spotlight on Research

Abusive Supervision Differentiation and Employee Outcomes: The Roles of Envy, Resentment, and Insecure Group Attachment

Tunde OgunfoworaJustin M. Weinhardt, & Christine C. Hwang

When employees experience distressful events such as abusive supervision, they often rely on their workgroup for sense making and social support. However, research also shows that supervisors tend to differentially abuse members of the same group (i.e., abusive supervision differentiation, ASD). We argue that this behavior threatens an employee’s socioemotional bond with and reliance on the workgroup for support. Specifically, ASD drives negative comparisons of “self versus others” that diminish one’s socioemotional relationship with the group as a whole, particularly if one experiences more abuse than others. Drawing on attachment theory, we develop an individual-level conceptual model that links perceptions of ASD to employee outcomes through two forms of unhealthy person-group bonding—group attachment anxiety and group attachment avoidance. The results of two studies show that group attachment anxiety and avoidance uniquely explain the effects of ASD perceptions, over and above group identification. While both attachment patterns mediated the effects of ASD on psychological distress, group attachment avoidance primarily mediated the effects on quit intentions, and group attachment anxiety primarily mediated the effects on interpersonal deviance (Study 2).

This paper is published in Journal of Management (click here).

Faculty

Naor Cohen

Naor Cohen

Instructor
Area of expertise: Ethical leadership, Organizational Behaviour and BComm Honours
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Loren Falkenberg

Loren Falkenberg

Professor
Area of expertise: Business ethics; corporate social responsibility, decision-making
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Sandy Hershcovis

Sandy Hershcovis

Professor
Area of expertise: Abusive supervision; workplace bullying; sexual harassment
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David Lertzman

David Lertzman

Senior Instructor
Area of expertise:
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Mali Mansouri

Mali Mansouri

Instructor
Area of teaching expertise: ethical leadership; organizational behaviour
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Julian Alexa Norris

Julian Alexa Norris

Instructor
Area of expertise: Complexity & system change; depth-based leadership; Adventure learning
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Tunde Ogunfowora

Tunde Ogunfowora

Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Leadership; ethical cognitions and behaviours; personality at work
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Peter Sherer

Peter Sherer

Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Macro and strategic HR; institutional change; organizational innovation
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Piers Steel

Piers Steel

Professor
Area of expertise: Meta-analysis; selection; motivation
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Nick Turner

Nick Turner

Area Chair - OBHR, Professor
Area of expertise: Leadership; occupational health and safety; work design
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Julie Weatherhead

Julie Weatherhead

Assistant Professor
Area of expertise: Leadership; emotions; socioeconomic status and inequality
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Justin Weinhardt

Justin Weinhardt

Associate Professor
Area of expertise: Motivation; decision-making; computational modeling
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Leighton Wilks

Leighton Wilks

Senior Instructor and Teaching Fellow
Area of expertise: Negotiation; cross-cultural management; corporate social responsibility
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