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J Appl Psychol. 2007 May;92(3):666-80.

Does perceived unfairness exacerbate or mitigate interpersonal counterproductive work behaviors related to envy?

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Department of Psychology, Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY 10010, USA.


The authors examined how the interaction between perceived unfairness and episodic envy predicts interpersonal counterproductive work behaviors toward the envied other. In 2 studies using different samples and methods to elicit envy, predictions were compared based on the social exchange and attribution models of fairness. The results support the social exchange model of fairness, showing that higher levels of envy and perceived unfairness result in higher levels of interpersonal counterproductive work behavior (Study 1), especially among high self-esteem individuals (Study 2).

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