ORGANISATIONAL TRUST AS A MEDIATOR BETWEEN PERCEIVED ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT AND CONSTRUCTIVE DEVIANCE
Although extant empirical research on workplace deviance has traditionally focused on
behaviours that threaten the well-being of an organization and/or its members, however,
there is a paucity of research investigating constructive deviant behaviours, which play a
significant role in creating positive organizational change. Drawing upon social exchange
theory, this study examined organisational trust as a mediator of the relationship between
perceived organisational support and constructive deviance. The data was obtained from a
sample of 212 full-time employees of a public sector organization in Nigeria. Results from
partial least square structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) analyses revealed that perceived
organisational support was positively related to constructive deviance. In addition, the results
demonstrated that organisational trust partially mediated the relationship between perceived
organisational support and constructive deviance.
Keywords: Constructive Deviance; Workplace Deviance; Organisational Support;
Organisational Trust; Social Exchange Theory.
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