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Ramona Bobocel


head shot of Ramona BobocelB.Sc (Alberta), MA, PhD (Western Ontario)

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Recipient, Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award

Fellow, Association of Psychological Science (APS)

Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (CSIOP)

Research interests

My research program focuses on the study of fairness/justice in the workplace.  I examine why and how perceived unfairness in the workplace affects employees and the public, including the study of both constructive and destructive coping strategies.  My research also examines factors that diminish or facilitate the enactment of fairness and ethical decision making by corporate leaders and others with power. 

Selected publications

  • Bobocel, D. R. & Gosse, L. (in press).  Procedural justice: A historical review and critical analysis. In R. Cropanzano & M. Ambrose (Eds.). Oxford handbook of psychology: Justice in work organizations, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rizvi, S., & Bobocel, D. R. (in press). Using the concept of distance to broaden the horizons of organizational justice.  In S. Gilliland, D. D. Steiner, & D. Skarlicki (Eds.), Research in social issues in management:  Social dynamics of justice processes (Vol. 8). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Day, M. V., & Bobocel, D. R. (2013). The weight of a guilty conscience: Subjective body weight as an embodiment of guilt. PLoS ONE 8, 1-7: e69546. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069546.
  • Zdaniuk, A., & Bobocel, D. R.  (2013). The automatic activation of (un)fairness behavior in organizations. Human Resource and Management Review, Human Resource and Management Review, 23, 254-265.
  • Umphress, E. E., Simmons, A., Folger, R., Ren, R., & Bobocel, D. R. (2012). Observer reactions to interpersonal injustice: The roles of perpetrator intent and victim perception. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 327-349.
  • Baumert, A., Otto, K., Thomas, N., Bobocel, D. R., & Schmitt, M. (2012). Processing of unjust and just information: Interpretation and memory performance related to dispositional victim sensitivity. European Journal of Personality, 26, 99-110.
  • Zdaniuk, A., & Bobocel, D. R. (2012). Vertical individualism and injustice: The self-restorative function of revenge. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 640-651. 
  • Zdaniuk, A., & Bobocel, D. R. (2011).  Independent self-construal and opposition to affirmative action: The role of microjustice and macrojustice preferences, Social Justice Research, 24, 341-364.
  • Otto, K., Baumert, A., & Bobocel, D. R.  (2011). Cross-cultural differences in the evaluation of distributive justice principles: Resource type and uncertainty management. Social Justice Research, 24, 255-277. Winner of Morton Deutsch 2011 Best Paper Award
  • Son Hing, L. S., Bobocel, D. R., Zanna, M. P., Garcia, D. M., & Gee, S. S. , & Orazietti, K. (2011). The merit of meritocracy.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 433-450.
  • Holmvall, C. M., & Bobocel, D. R. (2008). What fair procedures say about me: Self-construals and reactions to procedural fairness. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 105, 147-168.
  • Son Hing, L. S., Bobocel, D. R., Zanna, M. P., & McBride, M. V. (2007). Authoritarian dynamics and unethical decision making: High social dominance orientation leaders and high right-wing authoritarianism followers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 67-81.
  • Bobocel, D. R., & Hafer, C. L. (2007). Justice motive theory and the study of justice in work organizations: A conceptual integration. European Psychologist, 12, 283-289.
  • Van den Bos, K., Peters, S. L., Bobocel, D. R., & Ybema, J. F. (2006). On preferences and doing the right thing: Satisfaction with advantageous inequity when cognitive processing is limited. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 273-289.

Edited books

Bobocel, D. R., Kay, A. C., Zanna, M. P., & Olson, J. M. (Eds.) (2010). The psychology of justice and legitimacy: The Ontario symposium (Vol. 11). New York: Psychology Press.

University of Waterloo

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