Global Leadership Research Labs – World Café Workshop 2022
Inaugural Meeting

Abusive Supervision
Across Cultures

Keynote speech
Culture’s consequences: 
Examining the effects of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions on abusive supervision

by Dr. Hee Man Park
School of Labor and Employment Relations
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA,

Despite the recognized importance and detrimental effects of abusive supervision in organizational contexts, relatively few studies have examined abusive supervision in various national cultures. Viewing national cultures as institutional forces that influence supervisor values, this research theorized and examined how Hofstede’s cultural dimensions are associated with abusive supervision. We collected responses with 1350 supervisors from seven different countries (i.e., Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Serbia, Turkey, U.K., and U.S.) using multi-wave surveys. The results of hierarchical linear modeling indicated that while cultural dimensions of power distance, individualism, and masculinity are positively associated with abusive supervision, the cultural dimensions of long-term orientation and indulgence are negatively associated with abusive supervision. We further explored the moderating roles of these cultural dimensions on the association between supervisor/subordinate factors and abusive supervision, shedding light on the specific contexts where certain predictors are more likely to give rise to abusive supervision. The findings of this research suggest that national cultures play an important role in facilitating or reducing abusive supervision, providing implications on when and why HR practitioners in multinational companies pay special attention to supervisor hostility.

  • Date/Time  
    Thurs., May 19, 2022, 9:30 am to 11:30 am (ET/ US)
  • Location
    The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University
    Room 203, 101 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
  • Organizer
    Sven Horak, St. John’s University, NY,
    Jong Gyu Park, Ph.D., Penn State Altoona, PA,
  • Format
    World Café – Following the keynote speech, we will utilize the Word Café format to facilitate group dialogue and exchange of ideas among the participants. Information about the World Café approach is available here (    

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Note: This event may be of particular interest to the participants of the 5th Global Conference on International Human Resource Management starting on the same day at the same location in the afternoon of May 19, 2022. Further information on the 5th Global Conference on International HRM is available here:

Keynote speaker

Hee Man Park, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. He holds Ph.D. in Management and HR from the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Dr. Park’s research interests pertain to the role that the social environment (especially leader behavior and a pattern of interpersonal relationships: social networks) plays in explaining the performance and well-being of organizational members. His papers have been published in highly regarded management and psychology journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Before getting his Ph.D., he worked as an HR business partner/corporate culture analyst in global high-tech companies such as Samsung Electronics in South Korea and Hewlett Packard in Houston, Texas, and Palo Alto, California. He currently teaches employment compensation at the undergraduate level and a capstone course in Human Resource and Employment Relations at the graduate level.