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date: 24 February 2020

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People are fundamentally concerned with fair process in many social contexts. The work organization has offered fertile ground for the study of procedural justice. In this chapter, we provide readers with a broad foundation for understanding the literature on procedural justice in the workplace. We first review the origins of the concept in psychology in the 1970s and the early theoretical accounts. Next we discuss and critique research that has examined the effects of procedural justice perceptions in the workplace. In the third part, we build on our discussion of the early theories by reviewing contemporary revisions, and we present newer theoretical models that have emerged to explain why people care about process fairness. In the final section, we review recent research that challenges a fundamental assumption in the study of procedural justice—that procedural justice is always beneficial.

Keywords: procedural justice, fair process, procedural fairness, organizational justice, justice in the workplace

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