Exploring a five-factor model of organizational justice

Arménio Rego, Miguel Pina Cunha, Carlos Pinho

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We suggest that, in some specific settings, individuals may distinguish and be sensitive not only to the distributive, procedural, social, and informational dimensions of justice, but also subdivide the distributive justice dimension into two facets-reward and task distributive justice. Results of three studies with Portuguese public university teachers reveal that a five-factor model of justice (distribution of tasks, distribution of rewards, procedural, interpersonal, informational) is adequate, although factor analyses are not categorical in distinguishing interpersonal and informational justice. Results also show that individuals who work with high autonomy and outside close supervisory control in performing their jobs may be very sensitive to the way they feel treated by their superiors, even accepting as normal that the superiors make decisions with no participation, a finding that may be due to the feminine, affiliative, and high power distance cultural context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-125
Number of pages23
JournalManagement Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Autonomy
  • Distributive justice
  • Factor analysis
  • Justice
  • Service

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