Psychological Ownership of Employees as a Mediator in the Justice - Affective Commitment Relationship

Sieger, Philipp; Bernhard, Fabian; Frey, Urs (2011). Psychological Ownership of Employees as a Mediator in the Justice - Affective Commitment Relationship. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2011(1), pp. 1-6. Academy of Management 10.5465/AMBPP.2011.65869725

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Numerous scholars have accumulated evidence on the positive effects that employees’ organizational justice perceptions exert on work-related outcomes such as affective commitment. However, research still lacks understanding of the underlying mechanisms connecting the two constructs. In this article we aim to narrow this gap by examining the concept of psychological ownership as a possible mediator between organizational justice perceptions and affective commitment. Investigating a sample of 619 employees, we find distributive justice to be positively related to psychological ownership, and observe psychological ownership as a full mediator of the distributive justice and affective commitment relationship. These insights offer a new explanation in understanding the justice-commitment connection, contributing to both organizational justice and psychological ownership literature and opening up ways for promising future research.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Sieger, Philipp


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations


Academy of Management




Philipp Sieger

Date Deposited:

26 Jul 2016 15:31

Last Modified:

10 Sep 2017 00:42

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Psychological ownership, commitment, mediation




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