Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Psychological Sciences

First Advisor

Deborah E. Rupp

Committee Chair

Deborah E. Rupp

Committee Member 1

James LeBreton

Committee Member 2

Carolyn Jagacinski


While the lion's share of organizational justice research focuses on individual perceptions, researchers have recognized the value of group perceptions in understanding justice phenomena. Justice climate (i.e., shared perceptions of fairness among workgroup members) has often been studied using facet-specific and source-specific justice climates (e.g. procedural justice climate, supervisor justice climate) demonstrating the predictive power of group level perceptions of fairness. However, little research has explored the boundary conditions of justice climate effects. In this study, I propose that overall justice climate has a significant impact on group prosocial and deviant behaviors. I also propose that group perceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and group moral identity moderate these effects and that these three variables (justice climate perceptions, group CSR perceptions, and group differences in moral identity) interact to impact organizational citizenship behaviors (OCBs) and deviance. A laboratory study was carried out to test these hypotheses. Results showed a significant effect for overall justice climate and a near marginal three-way interaction effect for overall justice climate, group moral identity, and group CSR perceptions. The implications for justice research are also discussed.