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Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Unfairness and resistance to change: hardship as mistreatment

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Title:Unfairness and resistance to change: hardship as mistreatment
Author(s):Robert Folger, (A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and), Daniel P. Skarlicki, (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Citation:Robert Folger, Daniel P. Skarlicki, (1999) "Unfairness and resistance to change: hardship as mistreatment", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 12 Iss: 1, pp.35 - 50
Keywords:Ethics, Individual behaviour, Organizational change
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09534819910255306 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Proposes that organizational fairness is a psychological mechanism that can mediate employee resistance to change. Focuses on resentment-based resistance as a subset of all possible resistance behaviors. Uses referent cognitions theory to explain why organizational change not only increases employees’ sensitivity to fairness, but also why change is frequently perceived as a loss. Recent theoretical and empirical research is presented that suggests if researchers and managers focus on the effects of any one of these three types of justice (i.e. distributive, procedural or interactional justice), they might fail to address resistance adequately. Examines how the three forms of justice interact to predict resistance to change, and provides some implications of this interaction effect for change managers.

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