Organizational level as a moderator of the relationship between justice perceptions and work-related reactions
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 27, Issue 6, pages 705–721, September 2006
How to Cite
Begley, T. M., Lee, C. and Hui, C. (2006), Organizational level as a moderator of the relationship between justice perceptions and work-related reactions. J. Organiz. Behav., 27: 705–721. doi: 10.1002/job.388
- Issue published online: 19 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 23 AUG 2005
- Manuscript Received: 14 JAN 2005
- Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. Grant Number: CUHK4026/00H
In this study, we examined the role of organizational level as a moderator of the relationships of procedural and distributive justice with seven employee attitudes and behaviors. Based on social identity and resource allocation theories, we suggested an allocational model of authority in organizations. We posited that lower rank encourages a more process-oriented perspective that emphasizes procedural concerns while higher rank imbues a more result-oriented perspective that emphasizes distributive outcomes. We considered the cultural context that characterized work relationships in our sample of respondents from a Chinese state-owned enterprise. Significant sets of interactions supported the predicted relationships of procedural justice with three outcomes at lower levels and distributive justice with four outcomes at higher levels. Implications and extensions of these findings are considered. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.