Abusive Supervision and its influence on Employee Silence and Organizational Productivity: Evidence from Pakistan


  • Kamran Phulpoto Department of Public Administration, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Pakistan
  • Nazar Hussain Phulpoto Department of Public Administration, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Pakistan
  • Manzoor Ali Brohi Balochistan,Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences
  • Saifullah Memon Department of Information Technology, QUEST, Nawabshah




Abusive Supervision, Employee Silence, Organization Productivity, Organization Culture


It is the need of every organization to maximize its profits by working with efficient and effective organizational tools and to make the best use of organizational resources. For a business to gain profit it is essential for managers and decision-makers to keep the pace of generating profits always at a certain mark. This study aims to identify potential managerial problems for businesses operating in Pakistan, specifically related to employee-supervisor relationships. The study is a novel attempt in this field as it intends to uncover the employee silence aspects in the event of abusive supervision and finds its impact on overall organizational performance. The research was carried out with a sample of 110 responses collected from public and private organizations in Pakistan. This research has identified that with the increase in abusive leadership, there will be a decrease in organizational productivity and employees’ silence will also significantly increase. Meanwhile, employee silence has a comparatively larger effect i.e., 12% on the productivity of an organization, than the direct effect of abusive supervision on productivity. The study findings accentuate that the organizational leadership team should work on maintaining fair treatment of every employee and decrease the extent of abusive supervising behaviour at work in order to maximize profits and let employees use their potential creativity to give the best output that organizations really expect them to provide.

Author Biographies

Kamran Phulpoto, Department of Public Administration, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Pakistan

Department of Public Administration, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Pakistan

Nazar Hussain Phulpoto, Department of Public Administration, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Pakistan

Faculty, Department of Public Administration, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Pakistan

Manzoor Ali Brohi, Balochistan,Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences

Faculty, Department of Management Sciences, City Campus, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta, Pakistan

Saifullah Memon, Department of Information Technology, QUEST, Nawabshah

Faculty, Department of Information Technology, Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology, Nawabshah


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How to Cite

Phulpoto, K. ., Phulpoto, N. H., Brohi, M. A. ., & Memon, S. . (2021). Abusive Supervision and its influence on Employee Silence and Organizational Productivity: Evidence from Pakistan. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Innovation, 3(2), 355 - 384. https://doi.org/10.52633/jemi.v3i2.90

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