A trail of chaos: How psychopathic leadership influence employee satisfaction and turnover intention via self-efficacy in tourism enterprises

Naseer Abbas Khan, Ali Nawaz Khan, Muhammad Moin, Abdul Hameed Pitafi

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This study uses the conservation of resource theory to examine the effects of psychopathic leadership on employee career satisfaction and turnover intention via self-efficacy. This study also examined the buffering effect of human resource practice (HRP) on career satisfaction and turnover intentions, which may be affected by the psychopathic leadership. This study used 298 employees and respective supervisors of tourism enterprises from southern China as a sample to collect research data at two different time intervals. The results show that by increasing the psychopathic leadership, career satisfaction declines. Moreover, the HRP's buffering effect reduces employee turnover intentions through self-efficacy, especially under the psychopathic leadership. This study provides an overview of the research on the psychopathic leadership and highlights areas where further investigation may yield benefits tourism industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-369
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number3
Early online dateJul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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