By asking 341 Japanese employees to rate experiences of conflict with their
supervisors in terms of conflict concerns and outcomes, we attempted to ex
amine the following two hypotheses: attainment of the individual and group
goals would increase the perceived justice (H2), and the perceived justice
would increase the outcome satisfaction and organizational commitment (H1:
the justice-bond hypothesis). The results of structural equation analysis s
upported H1, but only partially supported H2, that is, only the group goals
increased the perceived justice. Instead, the individual goals directly in
creased the outcome satisfaction, not by way of the perception of justice.
These findings suggest that Japanese employees felt that justice was achiev
ed when they saw the conflicts were resolved in the group-oriented manner.
relatively independent of personal interests.