Nostalgia buffers the negative impact of low procedural injustice on cooperation

Van Dijke, M., Wildschut, Tim, Leunissen, J.M. and Sedikides, Constantine (2014) Nostalgia buffers the negative impact of low procedural injustice on cooperation Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 127, pp. 15-29. (doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2014.11.005).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2014.11.005
ISSNs: 0749-5978 (print)
Keywords: procedural justice, nostalgia, buffer, organizational citizenship, cooperation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
ePrint ID: 373499
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Date Event
27 November 2014Accepted/In Press
20 December 2014e-pub ahead of print
March 2015Published
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 16:10
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 06:49
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