Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The justice perceptions of involuntary job loss events and subsequent effects on coping behaviors: implications for organizational leaders
by Long, Tad Allen, Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2013, 207; 3604545
Abstract (Summary)

The topic of involuntary job loss has important implications for organizational leaders; both for those who enact job loss events, and those who are recipients of them. This study utilized the tenets of equity theory, organizational justice, and coping theory in the context of involuntary job loss in organizations. This study examines the justice perceptions of subordinate leaders who have been the recipients of involuntary job loss events. Additionally, the coping behaviors exhibited by those subordinate leaders affected after the job loss occurred are evaluated. Subordinate leader subjects are asked to assess whether the organization they were part of had a just or fair organizational climate, whether the job loss event itself was conducted in a just manner, and how those subordinate leaders affected by the involuntary job loss coped with it after being dismissed from the organization. The study is comprised of 133 participants with a diverse set of demographic characteristics. In addition to demographic questions, participants were presented three distinct quantitative research instruments, one each focused on the areas of organizational justice, involuntary job loss, and coping behaviors. The instruments utilized were Moorman's Organizational Justice Scales, Long's Involuntary Job Loss Justice Scales, and Lazarus and Folkman's WAYS of Coping Questionnaire. The results of the instruments were paired in different combinations and statistically analyzed to address three research hypotheses. The research results indicated a strong, positive correlation between the level of perceived justice in an organization overall and the perceived justice of an involuntary job loss event. Additional findings are presented along with the implications for the study and suggestions for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Freemyer, James V.
Commitee: Justice, Judy, Scheer, Steven
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management
Keywords: Coping theory, Equity theory, Involuntary job loss, Job loss, Organizational justice, Ways of coping
Publication Number: 3604545
ISBN: 978-1-303-60287-0
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