Fairness Perceptions of Employee Promotion Systems: A Two-Study Investigation of Antecedents and Mediators


1 Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to David M. Kaplan, James Madison University, MSC 0205, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. e-mail: kaplandm@jmu.edu


The present research provided a test of the Ferris, Buckley, and Allen (1992) model depicting the antecedents and consequences of promotion systems in organizations. A 2-study design is utilized to investigate the role of promotion system characteristics as mediating the relationship between organizational factors, environmental factors, and job factors/employee characteristics and perceptions of organizational justice and advancement opportunity. Results provide convergence of support for the model across both studies. Implications of the results and directions for future research are discussed.