Since we are studying two chapters (7 & 8) on motivation, and since I am asking for you to do research and I am posting this assignment late, your discussion is not due until next Saturday (10/20). Replies to your classmates are not required.
While there are more than two dimensions of justice outlined in this Chapter, this discussion will focus on just two (Distributive and Procedural). Distributive justice reflects the perceived fairness of decision outcomes. This means employees gauge justice by asking whether outcomes like pay, rewards, promotions, etc. are allocated according to proper norms (usually equity). Procedural justice reflects the perceived fairness in the processes that lead to decision outcomes. Some common procedural justice rules might include: consistency (procedures don’t change over time), bias suppression (keeping interview questions unbiased), and representation (or even ownership in decision making).
Some might think that procedural justice doesn’t really matter – people should only care about the outcomes they receive. When it comes to negative outcomes, however, research suggests that these outcomes trigger a more thorough investigation into the processes that led to that outcome. This certainly makes sense especially as we review the past year of political events in the nation where everyone seems to want “justice” when the outcome isn’t what they want. In the business world, both distributive and procedural justice combine to influence employees reactions to outcomes.
For this assignment, do some research and find an article, situation, event, etc. (business related preferred), where employees were motivated (or unmotivated) by distributive or procedural justice. Write at least 2 paragraphs on a synopsis of the situation/outcome, what dimension of justice was involved (or not involved), then place yourself in the managers or leaders shoes and determine if you would have handled it differently. You might find a situation where justice (or injustice) appears, but it’s not business or employee related. This would be fine to write on as well.
This assignment does not have to be in executive memo format. Your grading rubric will include:
- Student applies concept of distributive and procedural justice correctly
- Student provided unique citations/references
- Formatting, grammar and spelling corrected
- Innovative response or manner in which to handle the situation
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