A state-of-the-art review on studies examining the psychological contract

Bal, P. Matthijs, De Lange, Annet, Jansen, Paul G.W. and Van der Velde, Mandy (2006) A state-of-the-art review on studies examining the psychological contract. In: 7th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 8 - 10 November 2006, Dublin.

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The psychological contract describes the perceived mutual obligations between an employee and the organization (Rousseau, 1989, 2001). Since 1990 numerous studies have been published examining the effects of psychological contracts. Previous reviews on these studies have focused on the history of the term ‘psychological contract’(Roehling, 1997), and on explaining the description, meaning, and usefulness of the psychological contract (Anderson & Schalk, 1998; Taylor & Tekleab, 2004; Van den Brande, 1999). Guest and Conway (2003) published the first review in which an actual overview of studies on psychological contracts was presented. However, the sample of reviewed studies was rather small (k=9) and only operationalizations of the psychological contract and correlations with dependent variables were reported. A review on more specific information, like survey design, sample, and measurement of the psychological contract is still lacking. As a consequence, the aim of this review was to examine the conceptualization and measurement of the psychological contract.

Keywords:psychological contract, Meta Analysis
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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