Handbook of Employee Commitment
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Handbook of Employee Commitment

Edited by John P. Meyer

A high level of employee commitment holds particular value for organizations owing to its impact on organizational effectiveness and employee well-being. This Handbook provides an up-to-date review of theory and research pertaining to employee commitment in the workplace, outlining its value for both employers and employees and identifying key factors in its development, maintenance or decline. Including chapters from leading theorists and researchers from around the world, this Handbook presents cumulated and cutting-edge research exploring what commitment is, the different forms it can take, and how it is distinct from related concepts such as employee engagement, work motivation, embeddedness, the psychological contract, and organizational identification.
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Chapter 25: Organizational justice and employee commitment: a review of contemporary research

D. Ramona Bobocel and Frank Mu


Organizational commitment has long been an outcome of interest in justice theory and research. Much of the early research was guided by two conceptual paradigms: the differential effects paradigm, in which researchers examined the relative contributions of employees’ perceptions of distributive, procedural, and interactional justice to commitment; and the interaction effects paradigm, in which researchers examined the joint effects of the different justice perceptions. Although these approaches continue to guide contemporary research on justice and commitment, investigators have also developed new conceptual paradigms. In this chapter, the authors review three such paradigms in the contemporary literature _ entity justice, multi-foci justice, justice climate _ and summarize their novel contributions to the understanding of the connection between justice and employee commitment. The authors also discuss the mechanisms by which justice has been theorized to promote commitment. Finally, they consider practical implications of the contemporary research.

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