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Nostalgia buffers the negative impact of low procedural injustice on cooperation

Van Dijke, M., Wildschut, T., Leunissen, J.M. and Sedikides, C. (2015) Nostalgia buffers the negative impact of low procedural injustice on cooperation Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 127, pp. 15-29.

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This research integrates the discrete emotion of nostalgia (a sentimental longing for the past) with relational models of procedural justice. An organizational survey and four experiments demonstrated that nostalgia buffers (i.e., weakens) the deleterious impact of low (compared to high) procedural justice on organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) and cooperation with authorities. Low procedural justice undermined social connectedness with authorities, and nostalgia’s buffering role derived from its capacity to block the pathway from this reduced social connectedness to decreased OCB and cooperation. This research presents the first evidence that a discrete emotion—nostalgia—functions as a resource that aids individuals in coping with low procedural justice. Nostalgia thus facilitates cooperation even with authorities and organizations that display low procedural justice.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 November 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 December 2014
Published date: March 2015
Keywords: procedural justice, nostalgia, buffer, organizational citizenship, cooperation
Organisations: Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 372770
ISSN: 0749-5978
PURE UUID: d3d7d321-e80c-4222-80d8-afcc6c295277

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Date deposited: 19 Dec 2014 14:26
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 16:03

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Author: M. Van Dijke
Author: T. Wildschut
Author: J.M. Leunissen
Author: C. Sedikides

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