Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Amber Schroeder (Director), Betsy Shoenfelt, Reagan Brown

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This thesis examines the constructs of organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and work stress, and the extent to which they are affected by perceptions of organizational justice and leadership styles. Much of the literature related to these topics focuses on exploring the relationship between either justice and commitment or leadership and commitment, with very little research investigating the way that justice and leadership combine to affect outcome variables such as commitment, satisfaction, and stress. This study reviewed the literature that details these topics in order to facilitate the understanding necessary to then focus on the relationship between commitment, organizational justice, and leadership style, as well as job satisfaction and work stress. It is important to understand how these three concepts affect one another, as increasing employee commitment is a goal of many, if not all organizations, and understanding how to better influence and facilitate it could be very valuable information.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Leadership Studies | Psychology | Work, Economy and Organizations