Petty Tyranny in Organizations: A Preliminary Examination of Antecedents and Consequences

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Abstract

Petty tyranny is defined as the tendency to lord one's power over others. A model of the individual and situational antecedents of petty tyranny in organizations and the effects of tyranny on subordinates is presented. The model is assessed via 63 sets of respondents, each consisting of one manager and two subordinates, plus 25 partial sets. The hypothesized effects are generally supported, but not the hypothesized antecedents. It is speculated that petty tyranny represents a relatively rare gestalt, that is, an integrated and resilient cluster of antecedents, leader behaviours, and effects on subordinates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-140
Number of pages15
JournalCanadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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