Psychological Contracts

  title={Psychological Contracts},
  author={Jacqueline A.-M. Coyle-Shapiro},
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Psychological contracts: back to the future
The different contributions made to this edited book illustrate that the study of psychological contracts has offered critical scholarly and practical insights into the functional and dysfunctional
Psychological contract research: older, but is it wiser?
  • N. Conway
  • Psychology
    Handbook of Research on the Psychological Contract at Work
  • 2019
The psychological contract has a long history in organizational studies, being first introduced by Argyris (1960), Levinson, Price, Munden, Mandl, and Solley (1962), and Schein (1965) about 60 years
The ebb and flow of psychological contract breach in relation to perceived organizational support: Reciprocal relationships over time
Perceived organizational support (POS) is commonly treated as a consequence of perceived psychological contract breach (PCB). However, because both concepts assume a mutual exchange relationship in
Towards a social-cognitive theory of multiple psychological contracts
ABSTRACT Psychological contracts are typically conceptualized as an employee’s perceived terms of exchange with an employer. However, more and more researchers recognize that defining psychological
Psychological contracts: enhancing understanding of the expatriation experience
Abstract In this introduction, we undertake a critical review of the state of research examining psychological contracts (PCs) as they pertain to the experience of expatriation and expatriates.
Editorial: Unravelling the Role of Time in Psychological Contract Processes
Some critical areas of inquiry in understanding the role of time in PC processes are laid out, and how the innovative set of papers in this Research Topic illustrate exciting future research directions are highlighted.
The anticipatory psychological contract among university students: How to balance between obligations and inducements?
Anticipatory psychological contract (APC) defined as individuals’ beliefs about their prospective employment, including obligations to the future employers and in ducements they expect to receive in
Psychological contracts of international business travellers
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature of psychological contracts of international business travellers (IBTs), a new form of expatriate that has arisen from the growing need for
The impact of psychological contracts on employee engagement at a university of technology
Orientation: Changing organisational dynamics have caused a need for organisations to understand the employment relationship processes and outcomes in order to improve organisational effectiveness,
Differences in Psychological Contracts in Estonia: The Role of Individual and Contextual Factors
Defended on June 13, 2013 at the Estonian Business School.The thesis is available digitally at Ruth Alas (Ph.D, Professor),


Is the psychological contract worth taking seriously
  • D. Guest
  • Psychology, Political Science
  • 1998
Although the psychological contract has become the focus for a body of research, it retains a number of conceptual and empirical problems and challenges. This paper reviews some of the main problems
The effects of psychological contract breach and organizational cynicism: not all social exchange violations are created equal
This research explored the differential effects on employees of two types of social exchange violations: those that generate perceptions of psychological contract breach and of organizational
A daily diary study of affective responses to psychological contract breach and exceeded promises.
The psychological contract has been viewed as an explanatory framework for understanding the employment relationship, and is regarded by some researchers as central in understanding employee
Assessing the nature of psychological contracts: a validation of six dimensions
Summary The purpose of this study is to develop a feature-oriented assessment of psychological contracts, an underdeveloped approach to psychological contracts. Relying on theoretical frameworks in
Consequences of the psychological contract for the employment relationship: a large scale survey
The renewed interest in the concept of the psychological contract has come to the fore in attempts to describe, understand and predict the consequences of changes occurring in the employment
The Content of the Psychological Contract
The perceived obligations of the two parties to the employment relationship, the employee and the organization, were explored using the critical incident technique. Incidents were elicited which
The psychological contract: A concept in need of closer scrutiny?
Abstract The psychological contract is currently a popular concept. It has been used in several recent analyses of individuals' careers. However, there are a number of unresolved conceptual and
Psychological contracting: Processes of contract formation during interviews between nannies and their ‘employers’
Three studies (one exploratory pilot, one concurrent between-group post-only, and one prospective between-group time-series) are reported that investigate processes of psychological contracting in
Resource Theory of Social Exchange
This chapter is an abridged version of an extensive chapter that Edna and Uriel Foa published in 1976 in which the basic tenets of their resource theory of social exchange are outlined. The authors
Psychological Contract Development during Organizational Socialization: Adaptation to Reality and the Role of Reciprocity
Based on the theoretical framework of newcomer sensemaking this study examines factors associated with changes in newcomers psychological contract perceptions during the socialization process. More