Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 239-248

First online:

Justice, motivation, and performance beyond role requirements

  • Robert FolgerAffiliated withA.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University

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This article focuses on the possible instrumental characteristics of extrarole behaviours. Specifically, the motivation to perform beyond role requirements for future rewards is discussed. It is first argued that the motivation to engage in extrarole behaviors may stem from a reaction to inequity, or from a desire to receive rewards that cannot be achieved through the performance of official role requirements. Then, using data from two recent studies as support, it is proposed that these extrarole behaviors will only occur if the organizational reward system operates in a just, procedurally fair manner. Finally, the conceptual issues of how procedural justice might contribute to intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship are discussed.

Key Words

extrarole behaviors procedural justice intrapreneurship entrepreneurship