Bouncing back from psychological contract breach: how commitment recovers over time

Solinger, Omar N. and Hofmans, Joeri and Bal, P. Matthijs and Jansen, Paul G. W. (2016) Bouncing back from psychological contract breach: how commitment recovers over time. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37 (4). pp. 494-514. ISSN 0894-3796

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Abstract

The Post-Violation Model of the psychological contract (Tomprou, Rousseau, & Hansen, 2015) outlines four ways in which a psychological contract may be resolved after breach (i.e., psychological contract thriving, reactivation, impairment, and dissolution). To explore the implications of this model for post-breach restoration of organizational commitment, we recorded dynamic patterns of organizational commitment across a fine-grained longitudinal design in a sample of young academics who reported breach events while undergoing job changes (N = 109). By tracking organizational commitment up until 10 weeks after the first reported breach event, we ascertain that employees may indeed bounce back from a breach incidence, albeit that some employees do so more successfully than others. We further demonstrate that the emotional impact of the breach and post-breach perceived organizational support are related to the success of the breach resolution process. Additionally, we reveal a non-linear component in post-breach trajectories of commitment which suggests that processes determining breach resolution success are more complex than currently assumed.

Keywords:Psychological Contract, Commitment, Coping, Process, Functional Data, NotOAChecked
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:24 Oct 2016 15:14

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