Department

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Previous research on Equity Sensitivity have focused on each type’s (Entitled, Benevolents, and Equity Sensitives) reaction to inequity based on preferences for input/output ratios in comparison to a referent other and sensitivity to the norm of reciprocity (Huseman et al., 1987). The purpose of this study is to better understand how individuals in each of the Equity Sensitivity categories act on their preferences for input/output ratios when paired with referents from the same or different ES categories. We will examine whether the individual will react in the expected manner regardless of the category to which the referent belongs, or whether social comparison or social desirability impact their behavior. Participants’ levels of equity sensitivity will be measured using the Equity Sensitivity Instrument (ESI, Huseman et al., 1985, 1987). They will then be presented with three hypothetical situations that pair them with an individual from one of the Equity Sensitivity categories. The participant will then be asked how much work (input) they will put into the task and how satisfied they would be working with that individual. Results could provide insight into how levels of Equity Sensitivity in dyadic relationships impact the level of effort an individual is willing to put into a collaborative task, and ultimately whether, and potentially why, ES impacts performance.

Date

October 2018

Subject

Industrial and organizational psychology

Document Type

posters

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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Input Adjustment Between and Within Equity Sensitivity Groups

Previous research on Equity Sensitivity have focused on each type’s (Entitled, Benevolents, and Equity Sensitives) reaction to inequity based on preferences for input/output ratios in comparison to a referent other and sensitivity to the norm of reciprocity (Huseman et al., 1987). The purpose of this study is to better understand how individuals in each of the Equity Sensitivity categories act on their preferences for input/output ratios when paired with referents from the same or different ES categories. We will examine whether the individual will react in the expected manner regardless of the category to which the referent belongs, or whether social comparison or social desirability impact their behavior. Participants’ levels of equity sensitivity will be measured using the Equity Sensitivity Instrument (ESI, Huseman et al., 1985, 1987). They will then be presented with three hypothetical situations that pair them with an individual from one of the Equity Sensitivity categories. The participant will then be asked how much work (input) they will put into the task and how satisfied they would be working with that individual. Results could provide insight into how levels of Equity Sensitivity in dyadic relationships impact the level of effort an individual is willing to put into a collaborative task, and ultimately whether, and potentially why, ES impacts performance.