Brent Scott: Subordinate Charisma and Fair Treatment

Mike interviews Brent Scott about a paper he recently published in the Journal of Applied Psychology with co-authors Jason Colquitt and Cindy Zapata-Phelan. They found that employees who were rated as more charismatic by their managers received higher levels of interpersonal and informational justice from their managers. This effect was due to the sentiments (positive and negative feelings) managers held toward their employees.

Brent Scott

Brent Scott ( ) is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and his B.A. in Psychology from Miami University. His research focuses on the role of mood and emotions at work, organizational justice, and personality.

Recommended further readings:

  • Cropanzano, R. (2000). Justice in the workplace: From theory to practice. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Korsgaard, M. A., Roberson, L., & Rymph, R. D. (1998). What motivates fairness? The role of subordinate assertive behavior on managers’ interactional fairness. Journal of Applied Psychology, 83, 731-744.
  • Greenberg, J., & Colquitt, J. A. (2005). Handbook of organizational justice. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is an Assistant Professor in Department of Management and Organization at the University of Washington. He can be reached via