Spell, C.S., Bezrukova, K., Haar, J. & Spell, C. (2011). Faultlines, fairness, and fighting: A justice perspective on conflict in diverse groups. Small Group Research, 42(3), 309-340.
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Most people can recall instances at work where thankless tasks get in the way of tasks that lead to big rewards. This typically leads people in a group to a struggle with others over how to approach their work and set priorities. Inspired by such conversations with many employees, we develop a theory to understand how task conflict can be linked to distributive injustice. Using a survey from 42 workgroups, we found that the effect of distributive injustice on task conflict was mediated via role conflict. Group faultlines moderated this mediated relationship such as it was weaker when faultlines were stronger.
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