Perceived Fairness of Pay: The Importance of Task Versus Maintenance Inputs in Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong

24 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2010

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Tae-Yeol Kim

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Todd Weber

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Kwok Leung

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Management Sciences

Yukiko Muramoto

Yokohama National University

Abstract

This study compares East Asians' evaluations of task and maintenance inputs in reward allocation decisions and examines the effects that inequity in various types of inputs and rewards have on fairness judgements. Based on a sample of 587 employees from various organizations in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea, we find that Hong Kong Chinese and South Korean employees are more likely to want their organizations and supervisors to emphasize maintenance inputs, while Japanese employees value task inputs in reward allocation. Results also show that there are significant country differences in fairness judgements associated with various types of inputs. For example, the positive relationship between pay level and perceived fairness of pay is significantly stronger when task contributions are high rather than low among Japanese employees but not among Hong Kong and South Korean employees. The concept of independent self-construal (similar to individualism at the societal level) seems to provide an adequate account of the country differences in choice of input preferences but not fairness judgements.

Suggested Citation

Kim, Tae-Yeol and Weber, Todd and Leung, Kwok and Muramoto, Yukiko, Perceived Fairness of Pay: The Importance of Task Versus Maintenance Inputs in Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Management and Organization Review, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 31-54, March 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1573939 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8784.2009.00173.x

Tae-Yeol Kim (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

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Todd Weber

University of Nebraska at Lincoln ( email )

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United States

Kwok Leung

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Management Sciences ( email )

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Yukiko Muramoto

Yokohama National University ( email )

Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-Ku, Yokohama
Yokohama, Kanagawa
Japan

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