Linking Peer Justice and Justice from the Supervisor to Performance: A Diary Study


  • Beatriz Picó Toribio Universitat Miguel Hernández, España
  • Vicente Martínez-Tur Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Psicología de los Recursos Humanos, del Desarrollo Organizacional y de la Calidad de Vida Laboral (IDOCAL) – Universitat de València
  • Yolanda Estreder Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Psicología de los Recursos Humanos, del Desarrollo Organizacional y de la Calidad de Vida Laboral (IDOCAL) – Universitat de València, España



diary study, peer justice, justice from the supervisor, performance


Previous research has investigated the impact of organiza­tional justice, defined as the treatment workers receive from an external authority (supervisor or the organization as a whole), on performance as achievement of task objec­tives. However, there is a lack of diary studies that con­sider other sources of justice beyond an external authority. This study analyzes the link from two sources of justice, justice from the supervisor and peer justice, to workers’ performance. To do so, we carried out a diary study to ex­amine variability in employees’ performance as a conse­quence of variability of daily justice treatment perceived by workers. We conducted a field survey investigation us­ing a sample of 28 workers of a company that pertained to the automotive sector, during 10 successive days. Our findings showed significant average correlations between performance, on the one hand, and both justice from su­pervisor (r = 0.41, t(26) = 2.29, < .05) and peer justice (r = 0.44, t(26) = 2.49, < .05). In addition, it was confirmed a significant and positive relationship between justice from the supervisor, perceived the first measurement day, and employees’ performance measured 10 days after. By contrast, this relationship was not confirmed for peer jus­tice. We conclude the following: a) changes in justice are associated with changes in performance; and b) justice from the supervisor, measured at the starting point, is able to predict performance ten days after.


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Author Biography

Yolanda Estreder, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Psicología de los Recursos Humanos, del Desarrollo Organizacional y de la Calidad de Vida Laboral (IDOCAL) – Universitat de València, España

Universitat de València. Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Psicología de los Recursos Humanos, del Desarrollo Organizacional y de la Calidad de Vida Laboral (IDOCAL)

Facultat de Psicologia


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How to Cite

Picó Toribio, B., Martínez-Tur, V., & Estreder, Y. (2019). Linking Peer Justice and Justice from the Supervisor to Performance: A Diary Study. Acción Psicológica, 16(1), 129–142.



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