This study explores the role of social comparison processes (SCPs) in organizations. Unlike most SCPs studies, we argue that SCPs do not only take place on the individual, but also on the organizational unit level. Given the importance of procedural justice in headquarters-subunit alignment, we posit that organizational subunits engage in SCPs with their peers on matters of procedural justice treatment by headquarters. We show that peer unit envy, as a negative consequence of SCPs between subunits, negatively influences headquarters-subunit alignment. We further explore whether socialization alleviates this effect by fostering a stronger organizational identification and rendering SCPs on the subunit level less important. Contrary to theoretical predictions, however, we reveal socialization to have an aggravating effect, thus stimulating feelings of envy among subunits.
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||Strategic Management Society 37th Annual International Conference. SMS 2017 - Houston, United States|
Duration: 28 Oct 2017 → 31 Oct 2017
Conference number: 37
|Conference||Strategic Management Society 37th Annual International Conference. SMS 2017|
|Period||28/10/2017 → 31/10/2017|