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›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (4): 702-707.

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A Review of Equity Sensitivity Research

Zhou Hou;Long Lirong   

  1. School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
  • Received:2006-12-26 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2007-07-15 Published:2007-07-15
  • Contact: Long Lirong

Abstract: Adams’ equity theory was criticized as it did not take the individual differences into consideration, so, Huseman proposed a new construct: equity sensitivity. It was defined as the different preference of distributive fairness, and three kinds of people was classified: benevolent, equity sensitive and entitled. King refined the construct of equity sensitivity, proposed that it refer to the different tolerance of inequitable events. Many research showed that equity sensitivity had direct and moderating effects on outcome variables, such as performance, OCB, turnover intention. Personal and social factors could influence equity sensitivity effectively. At last, the problems of equity sensitivity research and research orientation were provided, for example, the definition of equity sensitivity should be clarified, the standard of three kinds of equity sensitivity should be refined, the research of influence factors and the research of Chinese equity sensitivity should be given more attention in the future

Key words: equity theory, equity sensitivity, organizational justice

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