The Role of Justice Judgements in Explaining the Relationship between Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment

Group and Organization Management, Vol 21, No. 1, 84-104, March 1996

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Christopher Martin

Louisiana State University, Shreveport

Nathan Bennett

Georgia Institute of Technology - Organizational Behavior Area; J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Date Written: March 1, 1996

Abstract

The organizational literature includes a number of studies examining the relationship between satisfaction and commitment. In all, the discrepant findings characteristic of this research seem to be a function of both the range of independent variables used by researchers to model the satisfaction-commitment relationship and the choice of satisfaction-commitment measures. We argue generally that justice judgments are central to the development of satisfaction and commitment. Specifically, the literature suggests that procedural justice is closely related to "global" evaluations of systems, leaders, and institutions (e.g., commitment); whereas distributive justice is closely linked to evaluations of "specific" personally relevant outcomes (e.g., facet satisfaction). Four competing models linking distributive and procedural justice to employee satisfaction and commitment were tested using confirmatory analytic techniques. Results suggest that, when considering the role of justice judgments, satisfaction and commitment are causally independent. Implications for both managerial practice and further research are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Martin, Christopher and Bennett, Nathan, The Role of Justice Judgements in Explaining the Relationship between Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment (March 1, 1996). Group and Organization Management, Vol 21, No. 1, 84-104, March 1996, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2406698

Christopher Martin

Louisiana State University, Shreveport ( email )

Shreveport, LA
United States

Nathan Bennett (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology - Organizational Behavior Area ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

J. Mack Robinson College of Business ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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