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Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace$
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Steven M. Elias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722602

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722602.001.0001

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Hazards of Justice

Hazards of Justice

Egocentric Bias, Moral Judgments, and Revenge-Seeking

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(p.155) 7 Hazards of Justice
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Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace
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Russell Cropanzano

Carolina Moliner

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722602.003.0007

This chapter examines the relationship between workplace fairness and organizational deviance. Research shows that when individuals are treated unjustly, they tend to retaliate by harming others. One study surveyed 167 manufacturing workers, in which those who felt that their jobs lacked fair outcome (distributive justice), fair allocation policies (procedural justice), and fair interpersonal treatment (interactional justice) were more likely to report engaging in a number of retaliatory behaviors. Thus, such employees may sometimes make self-serving judgments as to the merits of their own positions, judge the morality of other people harshly, as well as seek revenge when they observe inappropriate conduct.

Keywords:   workplace fairness, organizational deviance, distributive justice, procedural justice, interactional justice

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