Valuing Diversity: A Group-Value Approach to Understanding the Importance of Organizational Efforts to Support Diversity

Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 941-962. (2009) doi: 10.1002/job.598b

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Maria Triana

University of Wisconsin - Madison

M. Fernanda Wagstaff

University of Texas at El Paso

Date Written: July 6, 2009

Abstract

Using Leventhal’s rules as well as the group-value model of procedural justice, we first examined how the negative effects of perceived racial discrimination on procedural justice judgments can be attenuated by perceived organizational efforts to support diversity. Secondly, we examine how these effects ultimately impact affective commitment and organizational citizenship behavior. We found that employees who believe some individuals in the workplace are discriminating against them on the basis of race tend to report lower levels of procedural justice from the organization. However, this negative relationship was attenuated when employees perceived that their organization was making efforts to support diversity. Results suggest that individuals’ perceptions of organizational efforts to support diversity can help restore perceptions of procedural justice for employees who experience racial discrimination at work. Improving procedural justice also positively impacts affective commitment and organizational citizenship behavior directed at the organization.

Keywords: diversity, discrimination, justice, procedural justice, commitment, citizenship behavior, OCB

Suggested Citation

Triana, Maria and Wagstaff, M. Fernanda, Valuing Diversity: A Group-Value Approach to Understanding the Importance of Organizational Efforts to Support Diversity (July 6, 2009). Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 941-962. (2009) doi: 10.1002/job.598b, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2627368 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2627368

Maria Triana (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

M. Fernanda Wagstaff

University of Texas at El Paso ( email )

500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
United States

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