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Why are some acts but not others perceived to be fair? How do people who experience unfairness respond toward others held accountable for the unfairness? This book reviews the theoretical organizational justice literature and explores how the research on justice applies to various topics in organizational behaviour including personnel selection systems, performance appraisal and the role of fairness in resolving workplace conflict. Organizational Justice and Human Resource Management considers justice in organizations within a new framework - Fairness Theory - which integrates previous work in this area by focusing on accountability for events with negative impact on material and psychological well-being.

Organizational Justice and Staffing Decisions: On the Horns of a Justice Dilemma?
Organizational justice and staffing decisions: On the horns of a justice dilemma?

Historically, organizations have approached staffing from what could be called a “prediction paradigm” (de Wolff, 1993). Under this approach, the human resource practitioner (e.g., an industrial/organizational [I/O] psychologist or a personnel officer) is primarily responsible for administering a valid test. Validity, of course, is seen as the extent to which a test correlates with some relevant criterion, usually job performance. As Arvey (1992) noted, a test is often considered fair if it more or less accurately predicts performance and does not differentially predict the performance of protected subgroups, such as women, minorities, and the disabled. “Fairness,” therefore, reduces to “statistical fairness,” and ...

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