The relationship between justice and commitment: the moderation of trust

Jiang, Zhou (Joe) 2015, The relationship between justice and commitment: the moderation of trust, Asia-Pacific journal of business administration, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 73-88, doi: 10.1108/APJBA-02-2014-0022.

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Title The relationship between justice and commitment: the moderation of trust
Author(s) Jiang, Zhou (Joe)ORCID iD for Jiang, Zhou (Joe)
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of business administration
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 73
End page 88
Total pages 16
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 1757-4323
Keyword(s) Organization studies
Human resource management
Cross-cultural management
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine whether distributive justice interacts with procedural justice to influence affective commitment; whether organizational trust moderates the relationships of affective commitment with these two justice perceptions; and whether organizational trust moderates the interactive effect of justice perceptions on affective commitment.
Design/methodology/approach – This study administered both paper and online surveys to university employees from China, South Korea, and Australia, obtaining 706 usable responses from 65 universities. Hierarchical regressions were employed to test hypotheses for each country. The patterns of results were compared across nations.
Findings – It was found that in Australia, but not in South Korea and China, distributive justice interacted with procedural justice to influence affective commitment. Results also revealed that in Australia, organizational trust moderated the relationship between affective commitment and distributive justice but not the relationship between affective commitment and procedural justice. By contrast, in South Korea and China, organizational trust had no moderating effect on justice commitment relationships.
Research limitations/implications – Although this study was limited due to the use of self-report data and the focus of a single type of organization, it provides relatively new cross-cultural evidence regarding justice effects and the role of trust in the Asia Pacific region.
Originality/value – This study is among the first to provide empirical evidence of a moderating effect of trust on justice-outcome relationships. It is also one of the first to cross-culturally investigate the interactive effect of distributive justice and procedural justice, with an additional focus on trust’s moderation role.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/APJBA-02-2014-0022
Field of Research 1503 Business And Management
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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