A New Perspective on Equity Theory: The Equity Sensitivity Construct

  title={A New Perspective on Equity Theory: The Equity Sensitivity Construct},
  author={Richard C. Huseman and John D. Hatfield and Edward W. Miles},
  journal={Academy of Management Review},
Equity theory proposes that individuals who perceive themselves as either underrewarded or overrewarded will experience distress, and that this distress leads to efforts to restore equity. This paper describes a new construct, equity sensitivity, and proposes that reactions to equity/inequity are a function of an individual's preferences for different outcome/input ratios. The construct is delineated through a series of propositions, and implications for equity research in organizations are… 

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