The relationships of distributive justice and compensation system fairness to employee attitudes in international joint ventures

Jaepil Choi, Chao C. Chen

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Abstract

Employee perceptions of the fairness of general corporate systems have thus far not received enough attention in the organizational justice literature. To fill this gap, we examined perceptions of the fairness of the compensation systems of international joint ventares in China. It is argued that perceptions of compensation system fairness are positively related to the three distributive justice dimensions, i.e., performance-based distributive justice, comparative distributive justice relative to foreign expatriates, and comparative distributive justice relative to local colleagues. Perceptions of compensation system fairness are also hypothesized to mediate the relationships between the three distributive justice dimensions and organizational commitment and turnover intention. A survey of 161 Chinese employees in Sino-foreign joint ventures found a positive relationship between perceptions of distributive justice and perceptions of compensation system fairness. In particular, compensation system fairness was more strongly associated with performance-based distributive justice than with the other two distributive justice dimensions based on social comparison. The mediating role of compensation system fairness was strongly supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-703
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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