Leadership justice, negative organizational behaviors, and the mediating effect of affective commitment

Jinyun Duan, Kwok Yee Wing Lam, Ziguang Chen, Jian An Zhong

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According to social identity theory, unfair treatment from superiors may arouse negative identification, which in turn leads to employees' negative behaviors in organizations. In this study the relationships between leadership justice and two negative organizational behaviors - employee silence and organizational retaliatory behavior-were explored in a Chinese context. The study was conducted through a questionnaire-based field investigation, which sampled 361 employees from 17 Chinese state-owned enterprises. The results showed that leadership justice was negatively related to employee silence and organizational retaliatory behavior, and that affective commitment partially mediated these relationships. The implications of the findings are discussed and suggestions made for future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1287-1296
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2010


  • Employee silence
  • Leadership justice
  • Organizational retaliatory behavior
  • Social identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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