"Justice" and "fairness" are not the same thing

Barry Goldman, Russell Cropanzano

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Abstract

Organizational justice researchers tend to treat as synonyms the terms "justice" and "fairness". We discuss different definitional arguments, concluding that these two concepts are distinct. Justice should be defined as adherence to rules of conduct, whereas fairness should be defined as individuals' moral evaluations of this conduct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Fairness
  • Legal justice
  • Organizational justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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