Title

How Koreans and Americans Use Voice and Silence to Restore Equity in Workplace Friendships

Abstract

Workplace friendships develop because of increased proximity at work, creating the potential for inequity across both work and personal roles. Using communication to manage inequity in workplace friendships contributes to positive organizational outcomes. An experimental survey was conducted to learn more about voice and silence responses to inequity in workplace friendships in both Korea and the United States. This study extends equity theory across two cultures in the context of workplace friendships and communication responses. Message access exclusivity was also tested as a potential precursor to voice and silence responses. Working adults from both the U.S. and Korea were surveyed to learn their responses. Findings of the study are reported and implications of the findings are discussed.

Department(s)

Communication

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.16935/ejss.2017.33.1.006

Keywords

equity theory, voice, silence, workplace friendship, cross-cultural

Publication Date

2017

Recommended Citation

Westerman, Catherine Y. Kingsley, Stephen A. Spates, Katie M. Reno, Erica W. Jenkins, and Hye Eun Lee. "How Koreans and Americans Use Voice and Silence to Restore Equity in Workplace Friendships." EWHA Journal of Social Sciences 33, no. 1 (2017): 181-223.

Journal Title

EWHA Journal of Social Sciences

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