The role of equity and work environment in the formation of salesperson distributive fairness judgments

Todd Arnold, Timothy Landry, Lisa Scheer, Simona Stan

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Abstract

This research addresses significant gaps in the application of distributive fairness to sales management. A study of sales professionals from across several industries details how the equitable distribution of rewards affects important job outcomes such as satisfaction, voice (constructive suggestions for improvement of the firm), and exit (quitting the firm). The study also demonstrates that equity judgments are derived, and differently affected, by referent comparisons including other salespeople within the firm, other employees within the firm, and salespeople from outside the firm. Several conditions that describe the sales environment are shown to moderate these effects and, consequently, what is perceived as "fair" and "unfair." Together, these insights reveal the underlying mechanics in judgments of fairness (yielding a richer theory) and contribute to better managerial practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-80
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Personal Selling and Sales Management
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Funding

The authors thank the University of Missouri, Department of Marketing, for its financial assistance in the completion of this research. All authors contributed equally to this paper and are listed in alphabetical order.

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Southeast Missouri State University

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