Measurement equivalence/invariance of the abusive supervision measure across workers from Taiwan and the United States

  • Hu C
  • Wu T
  • Wang Y
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Abstract

Growing international research interest in negative-leadership behaviors prompts the need to examine whether measures of ineffective leadership developed in the United States are equivalent across countries outside the United States. B. J. Tepper's (2000) abusive supervision measure has been used widely inside and outside the United States and merits research attention on its construct equivalence across different cultural settings. The authors conducted a series of multigroup confirmatory factor analyses to investigate the measurement equivalence of this measure across Taiwan (N = 256) and the United States (N = 389). Configural invariance was established, suggesting that both U.S. and Taiwanese samples perceive abusive supervision as a single-factor concept. Furthermore, the establishment of partial metric invariance and partial scalar invariance suggests that the abusive supervision measure is applicable to crosscultural comparisons in latent means, construct variance, construct covariances, and unstandardized path coefficients with the caution that workers from different cultures calibrate their responses differently when answering some items.

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  • abusive supervision
  • crosscultural comparisons
  • measurement equivalence/invariance

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Authors

  • Changya Hu

  • Tsung Yu Wu

  • Yu Hsuan Wang

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