Supervisory Justice and Organization Target Behavior A Moderated Mediation Model of Identification and Supervisor’s Organizational Embodiment

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Soomin Lee
Hyewon Lee
Young Woo Sohn


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of supervisory justice on organizational citizenship behavior towards the organization(OCBO) and counterproductive work behavior towards the organization (CWBO), and their psychological mechanism based on the concept of identification and multifoci justice. Specifically, we assumed that supervisory justice has a significant relationship with OCBO and CWBO, and also that this relationship is mediated by supervisory identification and organizational identification. Finally, we expected that supervisor’s organizational embodiment moderates the indirect effect of supervisory justice through organizational identification. The results showed supervisory justice has a significant positive relationship with OCBO and no significant relationship with CWBO. Also, when supervisory identification mediates the relationship of supervisory justice with OCBO and CWBO, supervisory justice has a significant indirect positive relationship with OCBO but no significant relationship with CWBO. On the other hand, when organizational identification mediates, supervisory justice has a significant indirect positive relationship with OCBO and a significant indirect negative relationship with CWBO. Finally, the supervisor’s organizational embodiment moderates the relationship of supervisory justice with OCBO and CWBO, based on the mediation of organizational identification. Specifically, the mediation effect for OCBO was strengthened positively, and the meditation effect for CWBO was strengthened negatively. The results of this study showed a differential effect according to the object in which identification is formed in the process of transferring supervisory justice to behavior toward the organization. Based on these results, we presented the implication and limitations of this study.


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Lee, S., Lee, H., & Sohn, Y. W. (2022). Supervisory Justice and Organization Target Behavior: A Moderated Mediation Model of Identification and Supervisor’s Organizational Embodiment. Korean Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 35(2), 247–273.
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