A transformational model of legal-claiming

Barry M Goldman, Lavne E. Paddock, Russell Cropanzano

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We propose a model of legal-claiming based on the " transformational" approach to disputes detailed by Felstiner et al. (1980-1981). Our model suggests disputes evolve, with a number of areas of organizational behavior providing explanations for individual disputant actions at specific points in time, including self-categorization theory, attribution theory, social accounts, organizational justice, conflict escalation, and social information processing. We also develop multiple propositions relating to legal-claiming that were inductively derived from in-depth interviews with 38 employees who filed employment-discrimination claims with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Propositions focus on various stages of the dispute, including "naming," "blaming," "claiming, " and "disputing." Important theoretical and practical implications and limitations of the transformational model proposed are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Managerial Issues
Volume21
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2009

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Personnel
Dispute
Social information processing
Organizational justice
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Escalation
Attribution theory
In-depth interviews
Employees
Organizational behaviour
Employment discrimination
Social accounts

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  • Management Information Systems

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A transformational model of legal-claiming. / Goldman, Barry M; Paddock, Lavne E.; Cropanzano, Russell.

In: Journal of Managerial Issues, Vol. 21, No. 4, 12.2009.

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Goldman, BM, Paddock, LE & Cropanzano, R 2009, 'A transformational model of legal-claiming', Journal of Managerial Issues, vol. 21, no. 4.
Goldman, Barry M ; Paddock, Lavne E. ; Cropanzano, Russell. / A transformational model of legal-claiming. In: Journal of Managerial Issues. 2009 ; Vol. 21, No. 4.
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