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Chapter 22: Affect and Justice: Current Knowledge and Future Directions
22 Aﬀect and justice: current knowledge and future directions Yochi Cohen-Charash and Zinta S. Byrne Introduction Organizational justice and aﬀect are major constructs that have been studied in the workplace context, each having important organizational and personal implications. Although it appears that most research examines justice and aﬀect separately, there has been recent progress toward studying both constructs simultaneously. The ﬁndings from these studies show that the relationships between justice and aﬀect-related variables are strong, yet complex. Knowledge of how these major constructs interrelate has both theoretical and practical implications, especially given their role in individual reactions and organizational procedures. To date, however, there has been no systematic summary of research co-examining aﬀect and justice. Our goals for this chapter are to close this gap by summarizing the existing literature and research ﬁndings on the relationship between justice and aﬀect, and to identify future directions needed for understanding this relationship. Our review examines the various roles (i.e., predictor, criterion, mediator, moderator) that justice and aﬀect play in existing research. This review is ﬁrst and foremost organized according to these roles, and when possible, is further delineated by justice types and aﬀective phenomena within each role.1 This framework allows us to systematically examine existing research and identify directions for future research that will contribute to our understanding of how organizational justice and aﬀect operate together or upon one another. Furthermore, this review serves as a ﬁrst step toward theory development regarding these...
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