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A Factorial Survey on Fair Leadership Behavior and the Role of Superiors

Feldmann, Marcel (2010): A Factorial Survey on Fair Leadership Behavior and the Role of Superiors.


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This paper extends research on leader fairness to the perspective of his/her superior. While common research is focused on followers’ judgments of fair leadership behavior, I proposed to take into account the role of superiors due to their important position in organizational hierarchy influencing the relationship of leaders and followers considerably. To study these influences, I make use of a factorial survey design including two situations of leadership. Hierarchical linear modeling analyses shows that situational parameters which are important according to the perspective of superiors only have a weak influence on the justice judgments of respondents. Moreover, conclusions are drawn from the results in what directions the estimation of leader’s justice in the view of their superiors differ from the well-known perspectives of followers. Finally, the influence of personality attributes on justice perceptions is discussed and theoretical and practical implications for further research on fair leadership are revealed.

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