The personality basis of justice: The five-factor model as an integrative model of personality and procedural fairness effects on cooperation
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 22, Issue 6, pages 519–539, October 2008
How to Cite
Van Hiel, A., De Cremer, D. and Stouten, J. (2008), The personality basis of justice: The five-factor model as an integrative model of personality and procedural fairness effects on cooperation. Eur. J. Pers., 22: 519–539. doi: 10.1002/per.691
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 JUN 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 11 JUN 2008
- Manuscript Received: 13 MAR 2008
- personality scales and inventories;
- organisational psychology;
- social groups
Building upon the self-based model of cooperation (De Cremer & Tyler, 2005), the present study investigates the relationship between the five-factor model (FFM) and cooperation. Study 1 (N = 56), an experiment conducted in the laboratory, and Study 2 (N = 116), a field study conducted in an organisational context, yielded a moderator effect between neuroticism and procedural fairness in explaining cooperation. Study 3 (N = 177) showed that this moderator effect was mediated by the self-uncertainty and relational variables proposed by the self-based model of cooperation. It is concluded that the FFM is useful in explaining cooperation and contributes to a better understanding of (procedural) fairness effects. Moreover, the necessity to build integrative, multi-level models that combine core and surface aspects of personality to explain the effects of fairness on cooperation is elaborated upon. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.