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date: 19 February 2020

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Historically, organizational justice research has been studied at the individual level of analysis. Although this perspective remains important, fairness can also be studied at the collective or unit level. In this chapter we review research on justice climate, defined as the extent to which work group members form shared judgments regarding how they have been treated by authority figures. We also discuss related concepts. These include justice climate strength, defined as the extent to which teammates agree in their fairness perceptions, and peer justice climate, defined as the collective perceptions regarding how coworkers treat one another. We find that unit level fairness has main and interactive effects on important criterion variables, such as performance, worker mental health, and citizenship behaviors.

Keywords: justice climate, peer justice, justice climate strength, justice climate level, overall justice climate

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