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date: 08 August 2020

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Based on a literature review of 19 scholarly journals and research annals, the chapter examines 17 focal articles published between 1987–2012. It categorizes them according to the role that workplace justice plays in two types of change, transitional and transformational, and whether that role is serving as a dependent, independent mediator, or moderator variable. Review of the focal articles revealed: (a) strong support for workplace justice as a primary determinant of employees’ reactions to transitional change; (b) differences in the outcome variables change commitment and organizational commitment when operating at different levels of analysis; (c) consistent results across three studies that employees’ negative reactions to change occur much earlier than expected, even before the change actually begins; and (d) growing support for the impact of change construct in shaping individuals,’ commitment to and behavioral support of change. Practical implications and future research directions are discussed.

Keywords: workplace justice, organizational change, transitional change, transformational change, procedural justice, levels of analysis, anticipatory justice

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