Why do generational differences in psychological contracts exist?

Lub, Xander, Bal, P. Matthijs, Schalk, René and Blomme, Robert J. (2014) Why do generational differences in psychological contracts exist? In: 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 1-5 August 2014, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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In recent years, there has been increasing interest in generational dynamics in contemporary organisations (Parry and Urwin, 2011). This interest reflects a growing realisation of the impact that changes in organisations and society have as new generations enter the workforce. However, relatively little is known on the mechanisms through which societal developments affect the employment relationships of the three generations currently in the workforce (Baby Boomers (1945-1964), Generation X (1965-1980), Generation Y (1981-1995); Kupperschmidt, 2000). A key theory for understanding employment relationships is psychological contract theory (Rousseau, 1995). In this paper we therefore explore how generational experiences affect the psychological contract between the individual employee and his/her organisation.

Keywords:Generations, Psychological Contract
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2016 12:30

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