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Equity Theory and Time: A Reformulation Author(s): Richard A. Cosier and Dan R. Dalton Source: The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr., 1983), pp. 311-319 Published by: Academy of Management Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/257759 . Accessed: 19/02/2014 05:31
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'Academy of ManagementReview, 1983, Vol. 8, No. 2, 311-319.

Equity

Theory

and

Time:

A

Reformulation

RICHARD A. COSIER DAN R. DALTON

Indiana University
Perceptions of inequity generally have been associated with substantive employee responses in the workplace. These effects have been demonstrated in the laboratory and, to a lesser extent, in field settings. The most commonly used formulation of equity theory relies on a static view of the process. A model is presented that specifically illustrates the potential time lagged effects of prior inequity. It is something of an understatement to suggest that concepts such as justice, fairness, and equity are of fundamental importance in the workplace. The consequences of the organization's mishandling of these concepts can be dramatic. Lawler (1973) argues persuasively that…...

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