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Doctor of Philosophy




Dr. Natalie Allen


Within organizations, fairness is an important concept and has received considerable research attention. Some research, interestingly, suggests that individuals differ in their perceptions of equity. Building on this research, four empirical studies were conducted to develop a measure of a new construct (i.e., equity orientation) and examine its predictive validity. In Study 1 (N = 836) and Study 2 (N = 600), the Equity Orientation Scale (EOS) was created and its relations with two popular personality models – the HEXACO and the Dark Tetrad – were examined across self- and peer-ratings. In Study 3 (N = 433) and Study 4 (N = 490), the EOS was measured in a team setting and predicted individuals’ task and contextual performance. Further, Study 4 examined social loafing as a mediating mechanism between the EOS and the performance-related behaviours with full and partial mediations being found. Conclusions and future research directions are discussed.