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date: 21 November 2019

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Although there is a sizeable literature on one’s own reactions to (in)justice, less is known about third-party reactions to other’s (in)justice. The research that does exist tends to focus on self-interested explanations for caring about other’s (in)justice, generally examines negative responses such as retaliation, punishment, and withdrawal, and typically does not distinguish between injustice and justice. In this chapter, I briefly review the literature on third-party reactions to (in)justice, highlight how this literature could benefit from a positive approach, present a theoretical model linking other’s justice and injustice to moral emotions and ultimately to constructive and prosocial responses, and conclude with several practical and research implications.

Keywords: Organizational justice, positive organizational scholarship, third-party reactions, morality

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