The Effect of Abusive Supervision and Psychopathy on Counter Productive Work Behavior: The Role of Psychological Capital


  • Pirzada Khattak 1PhD Scholar, Faculty of Management Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad
  • Syed Tahir Hussain Rizvi Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management Sciences, Islamic International University Islamabad



Abusive Supervision, Psychopathy, Psychological Capital, Counterproductive work behaviour


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the influence of Abusive Supervision and Psychopathy on Counterproductive Work Behaviour with moderating role of Psychological Capital in project-based organizations (The construction industry).

Design\Methodology\Approach: Causal model was proposed, Data was collected from 360 employees of different construction projects-based organizations in Islamabad and Rawalpindi region (Pakistan) by using convenience sampling techniques, and adopted structured questionnaires comprising of measuring each variable on a five-point Lickartt scale. SPSS version 22 was used to analyze Reliability, Correlations, and regression.

Originality/value: Different variables have been considered in the relationship with Counterproductive behavior. Abusive supervision and Psychopathy rarely discussed. This study efforts to scrutinize the relationship among AS and CWB, and PSP and CWB, while the moderating role of PSC with the addition of new insights.

Finding: Findings of the current study revealed that there is a positive and significant influence of Abusive Supervision and psychopathy on Counterproductive work bhaviour and a significant moderating role of psychological capital.