Back into the fold: the influence of offender amends and victim forgiveness on peer reintegration

Gromet, Dena M. and Okimoto, Tyler G. (2014) Back into the fold: the influence of offender amends and victim forgiveness on peer reintegration. Business Ethics Quarterly, 24 3: 411-441. doi:10.5840/beq20147814

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Author Gromet, Dena M.
Okimoto, Tyler G.
Title Back into the fold: the influence of offender amends and victim forgiveness on peer reintegration
Journal name Business Ethics Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1052-150X
2153-3326
Publication date 2014-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5840/beq20147814
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 411
End page 441
Total pages 31
Place of publication Charlottesville, VA, United States
Publisher Philosophy Documentation Center
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
After a transgression has occurred within an organization, a primary concern is the reintegration of the affected parties (namely offenders and victims) back into the organizational community. However, beyond offenders and victims, reintegration depends on the views of organizational peers and their desire to interact with these parties. In two studies, we demonstrated that offender amends and victim forgiveness interact to predict peer reintegrative outcomes. We found evidence of backlash against unforgiving victims: Peers wanted to work the least with victims who rejected appropriate amends, thus penalizing them for their failure to contribute to the restoration process. This backlash effect was due to decreased liking of the victim and the perceived failure to repair the offender-victim relationship. These findings demonstrate that peers expect both offenders and victims to do their part to achieve reconciliation following transgression, and both may suffer the consequences of failing to meet peer expectations. Implications for reintegration within organizations are discussed.
Keyword Reintegration
Third parties
Amends
Forgiveness
Restorative justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 23 Sep 2014, 09:25:06 EST by Dr. Tyler G. Okimoto on behalf of UQ Business School