Organizational justice as buffer against stressful job demands

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    This research examined the role of organizational justice in the context of Karasek’s Job Demand-Control (JDC) model. It is suggested that employees benefit from organizational justice in order to cope with high job demands. Furthermore, it is argued that justice perceptions are a precondition for the buffering role of job control with respect to job demands. Hypotheses were tested in a correlational study among employees (N = 197) in nursing houses on the basis of hierarchal regression analyses. Results showed that organizational justice buffered for the positive effect of job demands on turnover intentions and for the negative effect of job demands on job satisfaction. In addition, it was found that justice served as a precondition for the moderating role of job control on the relationship between job demands and job satisfaction/turnover intentions. Justice appeared to strengthen the role of job control as a buffer for high job demands. This study is the first to show that organizational justice can be introduced into the JDC model as a buffer against job demands, independent of or in combination with job control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)487-499
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Managerial Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2015


    • Job Demands-Control model
    • organizational justice
    • job satisfaction
    • turnover intentions


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