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Organizational justice and employee entrepreneurial intentions in South Africa

Boris Urban (Graduate School of Business, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Jeremia Moloi (Graduate School of Business, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 20 October 2021

Issue publication date: 20 January 2022




Notwithstanding the extensive body of knowledge on entrepreneurial intentions, there seems to be relatively little research on explaining intentions in the corporate entrepreneurship context, nor has organizational justice been previously linked with employee entrepreneurial intentions (EEI). The purpose of this study is to determine to what extent different dimensions of organizational justice are associated with EEI.


The study context is the financial and services sector where technology enabled banking solutions have become the norm, and the need for entrepreneurial behavior has become essential in this industry. Survey data are collected (n = 204) from full-time employees working in the South African financial services sector. Initially instrument validity and reliability is tested and the hypotheses are investigated using multiple regression analyses.


Across the dimensions, results reveal positive yet non-significant relationships with EEI. However, as a control variable gender plays an important role in the relationship between procedural justice (PRCJ) and EEI. The findings are supplemented with a qualitative assessment that adds value and helps explain the results.

Practical implications

Corporate managers must foster EEI while at the same time considering perceptions of workplace justice in terms of interactional justice, distributive justice and PRCJ.


By combining insights from two sources of literature – organizational justice and EEI, a clear empirical contribution is made to the literature that opens up avenues for future research. Moreover, given that the original scales have primarily been employed in developed economies, by verifying their psychometric properties in an African market context, this now allows for replication studies to take place in other emerging market contexts.



Urban, B. and Moloi, J. (2022), "Organizational justice and employee entrepreneurial intentions in South Africa", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 182-202.



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