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date: 28 February 2020

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This chapter relates justice to deonance, or the psychology of behaviors required or forbidden by social codes of conduct (prescriptive and proscriptive duties), versus those that are permitted (rights). Initial sections review the origins of deonance as a perspective on organizational justice and then discuss subsequent developments—some of which connect directly to that original formulation and some of which are related concepts. The subsequent analysis looks forward rather than backward in the sense of tracing historical roots. On the one hand it revisits the conceptual foundation and extends it by noting some additional implications. On the other hand it goes beyond mere extensions of the original by suggesting some new directions. In particular, these indicate how a deonance perspective encompasses more than the justice phenomena that had been its source.

Keywords: deonance, organizational justice, duty, rights, morality, ethics, self-interest, reactance, bounded autonomy

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