Bashshur, Michael, Barclay, Laurie J. and Fortin, Marion (2024) Of headlamps and marbles: A motivated perceptual approach to the dynamic and dialectic nature of fairness. Organizational Psychology Review.

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Identification Number : 10.1177/20413866231199068


How do people perceive fairness? Recently, fairness scholars have raised important theoretical questions related to what information is used in fairness perceptions, why this information is emphasized, and how fairness perceptions can change over time. Integrating the Brunswikian lens approach with a motivated cognition perspective, we develop the Motivated Perceptual Approach (MPA) to highlight how people can be motivated to selectively perceive and weight cues to form fairness perceptions that align with their motives. However, these motives can change over time and through interaction with motivated others. By illuminating the dynamic and dialectic processes underlying fairness perceptions, the MPA sheds light on how people's fairness perceptions can be influenced by their own motives as well as socially constructed and negotiated through interactions with motivated others. Practical insights include how to effectively manage fairness perceptions over time and across perspectives. We conclude with a research agenda for advancing the fairness literature.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 6 September 2024
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fairness, Justice, Motivated cognition, Brunswikian lens approach, Subjectivity
Subjects: C- GESTION
Divisions: TSM Research (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2023 09:51
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2024 10:35
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