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date: 22 July 2024

Social Comparison in Organizationslocked

Social Comparison in Organizationslocked

  • Abraham P. BuunkAbraham P. BuunkDepartment of Psychology, University of Groningen


Social comparison is a basic process that refers to comparing, for instance, one’s accomplishments, one’s salary, one’s career potential, one’s emotions, or one’s abilities with those of others. Within organizations, social comparisons are widespread, and may evoke positive and negative responses. Social comparisons with others doing better may increase motivation, but also install envy, whereas comparison with others doing worse may increase satisfaction, but may also induce fear and worry and may be associated with an increased risk of burnout. Social comparisons will affect especially individuals high in social-comparison orientation—a strong, partially innate, tendency to compare oneself with others.


  • Organizational and Institutional Psychology

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