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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436
Print version ISSN 1015-8812


WILLIAMSON, Mervywn K.  and  PERUMAL, Kressantha. The relationship between procedural justice and person-organisation fit: The mediating role of organisational trust. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2022, vol.25, n.1, pp.1-10. ISSN 2222-3436.

BACKGROUND: The effects of person-organisation (P-O) fit on key work outcomes has been the subject of a plethora of research in the last few decades. However, scant attention has been given to exploring the antecedents of P-O fit in the workplace. This study addressed this gap in the literature. AIM: The aims of the study were to determine if there was a relationship between procedural justice and P-O fit, and whether organisational trust could be considered a potential mediating variable in this relationship. SETTING: The research was conducted among permanent employees representing a range of businesses in KwaZulu-Natal. METHODS: In order to address the study objectives, a quantitative survey and cross-sectional design were used. Data were collected from a convenience sample of 118 permanent employees who were registered for degrees in commerce and business administration and attended part-time classes at a university in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. RESULTS: The results of the statistical analysis revealed a significant and positive association between procedural justice and employees' perceived P-O fit. Organisational trust was found to partially mediate this relationship. CONCLUSION: The results make a significant contribution to P-O fit theory and the management of P-O fit in the workplace.

Keywords : P-O fit; procedural justice; organisational trust; social exchange theory; relational models of procedural justice.

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