A Taxonomy of Equity Factors

Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 61–75, 2008

15 Pages Posted: 16 May 2010  

Mike Schraeder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roger Morrison

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Philip H. Siegel Sr.

Florida Atlantic University

Date Written: May 16, 2008

Abstract

A perplexing problem with Adams’ (1963) equity theory has been the difficulty associated with operationalizing requisite components, perceived employee inputs, and outcomes. This study, involving 352 respondents, produced empirically derived, two-dimensional taxonomies of inputs and outcomes, laying the foundation for identification of key variables. Specifically, the study summarizes a typology of 9 distinct employee inputs perceived as controllable by individuals, including effort, education, attendance, and cooperativeness. Conversely, the study summarizes a typology of 14 distinct outcomes along a continuum of 4 dimensions, including personalized vs. generalized and economic vs. noneconomic characteristics. These typologies and incumbent regression analysis provide insight into the complexities associated with inputs and outcomes in the context of equity theory.

Keywords: equity theory, taxonomy of inputs/outputs, typologies of employees

JEL Classification: M50, M59, M54, M12, M14

Suggested Citation

Schraeder, Mike and Morrison, Roger and Siegel, Philip H., A Taxonomy of Equity Factors (May 16, 2008). Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 61–75, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1608985

Mike Schraeder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roger Morrison

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Philip H. Siegel Sr. (Contact Author)

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

John MacArthur Campus
Jupiter, FL 33458
United States
5617998658 (Phone)

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