Does Outcome Favorability Affect Procedural Fairness as a Result of Self-Serving Attributions?
Article first published online: 14 JAN 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 182–194, January 2010
How to Cite
Francis-Gladney, L., Magner, N. R. and Welker, R. B. (2010), Does Outcome Favorability Affect Procedural Fairness as a Result of Self-Serving Attributions?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 182–194. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00569.x
- Issue published online: 14 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 14 JAN 2010
In a situation indicating possible pseudo-participation, we examined whether outcome favorability affects perceived procedural fairness and resentment as a result of self-serving attributions for outcomes. Laboratory participants received a production target that was either substantially above (i.e., unfavorable outcome) or substantially below (i.e., favorable outcome) a target they had voiced to a supervisor. As hypothesized, outcome favorability was related to procedural fairness (positively) and resentment (negatively) among participants who lacked persuasive evidence of pseudo-participation. In support of the idea that these effects were a result of self-serving attributions, rather than instrumental concerns, they did not emerge among participants who had persuasive evidence of pseudo-participation.