The Potential Role of Organizational Setting in Creating "Entitled" Employees: An Investigation of the Antecedents of Equity Sensitivity Academic Article uri icon


  • Existing research suggests that the equity sensitivity construct has both theoretical significance and applied value. This study investigates the antecedents of equity sensitivity, focusing on the relationships among organizational setting, personal characteristics (age, sex, work experience), organization tenure, and equity sensitivity. Results based on survey data from 613 individuals employed in ten diverse organizations suggest that organizational setting influences equity sensitivity levels among employees, Evidence of a significant relationship between age and equity sensitivity is also found. However, the relationship between organizational tenure and equity sensitivity found in previous studies is not replicated when adequate controls are included. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed. Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Roehling, M. V., Roehling, P. V., & Boswell, W. R.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Roehling, Mark V||Roehling, Patricia V||Boswell, Wendy R

publication date

  • June 2010