Social comparison processes in organizations

Greenberg, Jerald, Ashton-James, Claire E. and Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2007) Social comparison processes in organizations. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 102 1: 22-41. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2006.09.006

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Author Greenberg, Jerald
Ashton-James, Claire E.
Ashkanasy, Neal M.
Title Social comparison processes in organizations
Journal name Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0749-5978
Publication date 2007-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.obhdp.2006.09.006
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 102
Issue 1
Start page 22
End page 41
Total pages 20
Editor D. A. Harrison
Place of publication New York , U.S.A
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 1503 Business and Management
1701 Psychology
Abstract We systematically analyze the role of social comparison processes in organizations. Specifically, we describe how social comparison processes have been used to explain six key areas of organizational inquiry: (1) organizational justice, (2) performance appraisal, (3) virtual work environments, (4) affective behavior in the workplace, (5) stress, and (6) leadership. Additionally, we describe how unique contextual factors in organizations offer new insight into two widely studied sub-processes of social comparison, acquiring social information and thinking about that information. Our analyses underscore the merit of integrating organizational phenomena and social comparison processes in future research and theory.
Keyword Social comparison
Organizational justice
Performance appraisals
Virtual work environments
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Publication date (January 2007) but available online 7 November 2006.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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