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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter provides an overview of Fairness Heuristic Theory and the Uncertainty Management Model as they endeavor to answer the questions of when and why employees are likely to attend to fairness in the workplace. Emphasis is given to the implications of these theoretical perspectives for workplace manager–report (and leader–follower) interactions and for organizational policies. We conclude the chapter with a discussion of how these theories relate to perspectives emerging from System Justification Theory on how people construct fairness judgments and when they may be more or less likely to attend to fairness in the workplace.

Keywords: Fairness Heuristic Theory, Uncertainty Management Model, System Justification Theory, organizational policies, manager-report interactions, leader-follower interactions, attention to fairness

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