A Positive Lens on Organizational Justice

David M. Mayer

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

A Positive Lens on Organizational Justice

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Although there is a sizeable literature on one’s own reactions to (in)justice, less is known about third-party reactions to other’s (in)justice. The research that does exist tends to focus on self-interested explanations for caring about other’s (in)justice, generally examines negative responses such as retaliation, punishment, and withdrawal, and typically does not distinguish between injustice and justice. In this chapter, I briefly review the literature on third-party reactions to (in)justice, highlight how this literature could benefit from a positive approach, present a theoretical model linking other’s justice and injustice to moral emotions and ultimately to constructive and prosocial responses, and conclude with several practical and research implications.

Keywords: Organizational justice; positive organizational scholarship; third-party reactions; morality

Article.  6440 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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