The role of justice perceptions in determining counterproductive work behaviors

Aaron Cohen, Alon Diamant

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This study examined the relationship between variables that represent organizational justice and fairness and counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs). It is contended that breach of psychological contracts and affective organizational commitment mediate this relationship. Questionnaires were distributed to 270 teachers in 10 high schools located in the north of Israel; 210 usable questionnaires were returned. One of the important results of this study is the relationship of burnout to the two dimensions of CWBs (interpersonal and organizational). Job burnout was found to be positively and strongly related (based on very high coefficients) to both dimensions. While we did predict that burnout would be related to CWBs, the strength of this relationship was not expected. The findings also show no effect of organizational justice and some effect of perceptions of organizational politics. Psychological contract breach was found to be related to interpersonal but not organizational CWBs. The proposed mediation relationships are partially supported. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research on this issue and notes the practical implications of the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2901-2924
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number20
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2019

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  • Counterproductive work behavior
  • affective organizational commitment
  • job burnout
  • organizational fairness
  • psychological contract breach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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