Authoritarian leadership and cyberloafing: A moderated mediation model of emotional exhaustion and power distance orientation

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Zhang, Y., Wang, J., Akhtar, M. and Wang, Y. 2022. Authoritarian leadership and cyberloafing: A moderated mediation model of emotional exhaustion and power distance orientation. Frontiers in Psychology. 13 (Art. 1010845). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1010845
AuthorsZhang, Y., Wang, J., Akhtar, M. and Wang, Y.
Abstract

Drawing upon the conservation of resource theory (COR), this study proposes a moderated mediation model of authoritarian leadership on subordinates’ cyberloafing. Paired samples of 360 employees working in 103 teams from Chinese companies were collected at 2 points in time. The results show that authoritarian leadership positively affects subordinates’ cyberloafing and this relationship is mediated by emotional exhaustion. Furthermore, power distance orientation negatively moderates the relationship between authoritarian leadership and emotional exhaustion and also negatively moderates the indirect effect of authoritarian leadership on subordinates’ cyberloafing through subordinates’ emotional exhaustion. Our findings expand and enrich the literature on authoritarian leadership and cyberloafing and have significant practical implications for managing employees in this digital era.

JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Journal citation13 (Art. 1010845)
ISSN1664-1078
Year2022
PublisherFrontiers Media
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1010845
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Online04 Oct 2022
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Accepted14 Sep 2022
Deposited18 Nov 2022
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We acknowledge the financial support from the National Social Science Foundation of China (19BGL112).

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