Changes to newcomers’ psychological contract over time: the interactive effects of the fulfilment of employer and employee obligations

Gomes Maia, L. and Bal, Matthijs and Bittencourt Bastos, A.V. (2019) Changes to newcomers’ psychological contract over time: the interactive effects of the fulfilment of employer and employee obligations. Universitas Psychologica, 18 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1657-9267

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to examine changes in newcomers’ psychological contract over time. Based on schema theory and the post-violation model of the psychological contract, we theorized that psychological contract fulfilment is strengthening the psychological contract over time, while changes in the psychological contract are most likely to occur in a situation of low employer and employee fulfilment. In a sample of newcomers in a Brazilian public organization, we tested how the fulfilment of both employer and employee obligations explaining change in the psychological contract. The results support the hypotheses, and we found that the highest level of change in psychological contracts occurred when the fulfilments of the obligations of both parties were low. We discuss the implications for theory on change in psychological contracts.

Keywords:psychological contract
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:07 Aug 2018 11:09

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