"Justice" and "fairness" are not the same thing

Barry Goldman, Russell Cropanzano

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Organizational justice researchers tend to treat as synonyms the terms "justice" and "fairness". We discuss different definitional arguments, concluding that these two concepts are distinct. Justice should be defined as adherence to rules of conduct, whereas fairness should be defined as individuals' moral evaluations of this conduct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Fairness
  • Legal justice
  • Organizational justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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