The authors would like to thank Howard Giles and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article.
Differential Superior-Subordinate Relations, Perceptions of Fairness, and Coworker Communication
Version of Record online: 17 MAR 2006
Human Communication Research
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 5–38, September 1995
How to Cite
M.SIAS, P. and JABLIN, F. M. (1995), Differential Superior-Subordinate Relations, Perceptions of Fairness, and Coworker Communication. Human Communication Research, 22: 5–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.1995.tb00360.x
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- Version of Record online: 17 MAR 2006
This study examines the complex relationships between differential superior-subordinate relations, fairness perceptions, and coworker communication. Data gathered from employees in a variety of organizations indicate that differential treatment from a supervisor to his or her subordinates influences coworker communication by (a) leading coworkers to talk about the differential treatment itself, and (b) influencing the nature of the communication relationships among the coworkers. Data also provide insight into issues of perceived organizational fairness, indicating that fairness perceptions are often socially constructed by work group members through discourse.