Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 144, Issue 2, pp 279–291 | Cite as

A Question of Fit: Cultural and Individual Differences in Interpersonal Justice Perceptions

  • Annilee M. Game
  • Jonathan R. Crawshaw


This study examined the link between employees’ adult attachment orientations and perceptions of line managers’ interpersonal justice behaviors, and the moderating effect of national culture (collectivism). Participants from countries categorized as low collectivistic (N = 205) and high collectivistic (N = 136) completed an online survey. Attachment anxiety and avoidance were negatively related to interpersonal justice perceptions. Cultural differences did not moderate the effects of avoidance. However, the relationship between attachment anxiety and interpersonal justice was non-significant in the Southern Asia (more collectivistic) cultural cluster. Our findings indicate the importance of ‘fit’ between cultural relational values and individual attachment orientations in shaping interpersonal justice perceptions, and highlight the need for more non-western organizational justice research.


Attachment Culture Ethics Fit Interpersonal justice Line manager Perception 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwich Business SchoolUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Aston Business SchoolAston UniversityBirminghamUK

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