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Can individualism/collectivism paradigm explain disparate roles for intermediaries in an organizational justice model of police compliance with agency rules?

Robert Patrick Peacock (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA)
Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich (School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Yuning Wu (Department of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Ivan Sun (Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA)
Valentina Pavlović Vinogradac (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia) (City Office for Local Self - Administration, Civil Protection and Safety, City of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)
Marijan Vinogradac (Department of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 26 August 2022

Issue publication date: 17 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper examines whether dissimilarities in societal cultures impact the path by which a key component of organizational culture—supervisory procedural justice (SPJ)—influences police officer compliance with police agency rules.

Design/methodology/approach

The study utilized structural equation modeling across a data set of 1,189 Croatian and Taiwan police officers to test whether a societal value (individualism/collectivism) impacts the role of three intermediary variables (trust in the public, job satisfaction and pro-organization initiative) in a procedural justice model of officer compliance with the rules.

Findings

The study found that, despite a strong statistical similarity in the individual attitudes of Croatian and Taiwan police officers, the intermediary variables in the model significantly differed between the two countries. Most notably, the role of trust in the public and pro-organization initiative supported past research suggesting that collectivist versus individualistic societal cultures lead to divergent organizational attitudes and policing outcomes.

Originality/value

This is the first empirical study to compare the impact of societal values on a model of SPJ on officer compliance with agency rules.

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Citation

Peacock, R.P., Kutnjak Ivkovich, S., Wu, Y., Sun, I., Pavlović Vinogradac, V. and Vinogradac, M. (2023), "Can individualism/collectivism paradigm explain disparate roles for intermediaries in an organizational justice model of police compliance with agency rules?", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 148-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-06-2022-0080

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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