Social Justice Research

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 49–70 | Cite as

Procedural justice in managerial selection: Identification of fairness determinants and associations of fairness perceptions

  • M. S. Singer


The study examined procedural fairness in managerial selection practices. A sample of professional managers were asked to make first, fairness judgments about managerial selection procedures in general; and second, specific fairness judgments based on their own previous experiences in applying for such positions. Using the general fairness ratings, the determinants of procedural fairness in selection were identified by the factor analysis technique. Five procedural factors (three process and two decision factors) accounted for 57.4% of the total variance. The factor scores derived from fairness ratings of specific selection procedures were then correlated with ratings of candidates' later organizational commitment, work satisfaction, and perceptions of organizational effectiveness. Results showed that process factors were significantly associated with candidate variables but decision factors were not. The findings were discussed in the context of current procedural justice theories.

Key words

procedural justice selection perceived fairness economic justice 


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  • M. S. Singer
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CanterburyChrischurch 1New Zealand

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