Opportunity, fair process and relationship value: career development as a driver of proactive work behaviour

Jonathan R. Crawshaw, Rolf van Dick, Felix C. Brodbeck

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In line with recent findings from organisational justice theory, we hypothesised that employee proactive behaviour and careerist orientation is predicted by the interplay of perceived favourability of career development opportunities, the perceived fairness of the procedures used to decide them, and employee organisational commitment. Employees (N = 325) of a large financial services organisation responded to a self-completion questionnaire. As predicted, when career development opportunities were viewed unfavourably, perceived procedural justice was significantly and positively related to individual proactive behaviour and significantly and negatively related to careerist orientation but only when organisational commitment was high. It appears that high procedural justice may only 'offset' the negative effects of unfavourable career development opportunities when employees identify with, and are committed to, their organisation. Further support is presented for a relational, rather than instrumental, model of procedural justice when reflecting on employee reactions to their employers' policies and decision-making. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-20
Number of pages17
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number1
Early online date16 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


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