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Distributive justice in Northern Mexico and the US: a cross‐cultural comparison

Paul Fadil (Assistant Professor of Management at the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida)
Sharon L. Segrest‐Purkiss (Assistant Professor of Management at California State University, California)
Amy E. Hurley‐Hanson (Associate Professor of Management in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University)
Mike Knudstrup (Assistant Professor of Management at Florida Southern College)
Lee Stepina (Professor of Management and International Business at Florida State University)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



A comparison of distributive justice strategies was made between a collectivistic culture, i.e., Mexico, and an individualistic culture, i.e., the United States. This study is the first to include the effect of ingroup/outgroup on the distribution strategies as Fischer and Smith (2003) called for in their extensive meta‐analysis of the topic. Distributive justice was operationalized as the monetary rewards given by Northern Mexicans and Americans in sixteen different allocation vignettes. The results showed that the two groups were significantly different in only one of the allocation vignettes. These results indicate a convergence between the cultures of the northern maquiladora region of Mexico and of the United States. Northern Mexicans and Americans were not significantly different in their distributive justice strategies.



Fadil, P., Segrest‐Purkiss, S.L., Hurley‐Hanson, A.E., Knudstrup, M. and Stepina, L. (2004), "Distributive justice in Northern Mexico and the US: a cross‐cultural comparison", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 3-24.



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