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The effects of blame attributions and offender likableness on forgiveness and revenge in the workplace.

Bradfield Jr, Murray O’Neal
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Journal of Management (September).

Broadfield in this paper extends the literature on restorative justice by developing and testing a model of revenge and forgiveness. The model is based on attributional theories of injustice and recent theorizing on revenge in organizations. Bradfield examines the cognitive and behavioral processes associated with an offense episode. He calls attention to revenge as a possible response to perceived injustice but also to forgiveness as a viable alternative to revenge. Bradfield begins by analyzing notions of revenge and forgiveness, and then considers revenge and forgiveness as coping strategies. He also looks at the nature of an offense, and the significance of a socially likable offender with respect to thoughts of revenge. The he proposes a model of revenge and forgiveness behavior.


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