Publication Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

We outline a theoretical model of the emergence of justice climate in groups, teams, and organizations, and in doing so integrate multiple justice perspectives (e.g., affective events, fairness heuristic, deonance, justice integration, multifoci justice, overall justice). We propose that justice climate is spawned at the event level, where individuals use their emotional reactions to situations as information in forming fairness judgments. Over time, these judgments about various perpetrators--which may include the evaluation of outcomes, procedures, information, and interpersonal treatment--are aggregated to form individual-level stable judgments regarding the fairness of exchange partners with whom employees interact (e.g., supervisors, co-workers, customers). Through socialization and social-information processing, and influenced by organizational structural and social networks, these individual multifoci justice perceptions merge to form (unit-level) shared cognitions of overall justice. The paper concludes with recommendations for empirically testing the model.

Discipline

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Human Resources Management

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

13th Annual Conference on Research on Managing Groups and Teams 2009: Fairness and Groups

City or Country

Ithaca

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