Organizational Justice and Health

Make Decisions Fairly and Treat People with Dignity
  • Marko ElovainioEmail author
  • Marianna Virtanen
Living reference work entry
Part of the Handbook Series in Occupational Health Sciences book series (HDBSOHS)


Group-level and organizational decision-making and interaction has long roots in social and organizational psychology. One of the leading theoretical constructs on the issue during the last three decades has been procedural or organizational justice, defining the decision-making rules that people perceive being fair and acceptable in a group or an organization. Only relatively recently organizational injustice has been studied as an occupational health risk, but the idea has inspired already a large body of research. In this chapter, some of the historical roots and more current research on the associations between injustice, health outcomes, and the potential mechanisms and limitations will be reviewed. Also some ideas will be provided for future studies on organizational justice as a part of larger system of psychosocial work environment.


Justice Motivation Stress Mechanisms Health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.National Institute for Health and WelfareHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.School of Educational Sciences and PsychologyUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Morten Wahrendorf
    • 1
  • Jian Li
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Medical Sociology, Centre of Health and Society (CHS)University of DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Fielding School of Public Health, School of NursingUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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