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Idiosyncratic Deals from a Distributive Justice Perspective: Examining Co-workers' Voice Behavior

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  • Sophie De Winne
  • Luc Sels
  • Elise Marescaux

    (LEM - Lille - Economie et Management - UCL - Université catholique de Lille - Université de Lille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

This study focuses on a third-party perspective of idiosyncratic deals (i-deals). More specifically, we look into the differential judgments co-workers make about i-deals in their work environment, as well as their reactions. Based on equity theory, we examine to what extent the content of the i-deal and the work context (i.e., the functional dependence between co-worker and i-dealer) explain co-worker judgments regarding i-deal fairness in addition to subsequent voice behavior (i.e., complaining and/or requesting compensation). A vignette study with 1988 respondents shows that when i-deals are considered distributively unfair, co-workers try to restore equity through voice behavior, thereby making the i-deal less effective. Furthermore, i-deals spark more distributive injustice perceptions and voice behavior in a highly interdependent work context. Finally, on average, financial bonuses were considered most distributively unfair and, thus, trigger more voice behavior. These results have important implications for i-deal literature as they uncover the criteria that co-workers use to judge i-deals and shape their reactions.

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  • Sophie De Winne & Luc Sels & Elise Marescaux, 2017. "Idiosyncratic Deals from a Distributive Justice Perspective: Examining Co-workers' Voice Behavior," Post-Print hal-01562979, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01562979
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-016-3400-7
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01562979
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