This article presents the results of a field study on the effects of own versus other's fair treatment on positive emotions. From the findings of the field study it is clear that one's own experiences of procedural fairness have a significant influence on one's positive emotional reactions. Indeed, the procedural justice for oneself was correlated to positive emotions when procedural justice for others was high. One positive point with the present research is that it has taken real-life into perspective by taking real-life situation and real-life employees into consideration. Associated researches in the future might be on the topics of influence of other's fair treatment on the reactions of the individuals taken as subjects. Care should be given not only to what degree of fairness do managers treat their subordinates but also to how procedural justice is communicated to the group and managers of an organization. Is is clear that fairness experiences of the organization in turn make fairness experiences of the individuals.

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ERIM Article Series (EAS)
The Journal of Social Psychology
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

de Cremer, D., Stinglhamber, F., & Eisenberger, R. (2005). Effects of own versus other's fair treatment on positive emotions: A field study. The Journal of Social Psychology, 741–744. Retrieved from