Understanding Psychological Contracts at Work: A Critical Evaluation of Theory and Research (Paperback)
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Understanding Psychological Contracts at Work: A Critical Evaluation of Theory and Research (Paperback)

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How can we understand the relationship between employer and employee? What determines the give and take of such relationships and what happens when they go wrong? This book is the first to provide a comprehensive and critical overview of what is now the major way of trying to understand the employment relationship - the concept of the psychological contract. Written contracts often specify very little in terms of the important details about what we are prepared to do for our employer and what we want back in return. The psychological contract considers these implicit or unwritten aspects of the employment relationship. What do employees really expect from work? What happens when the contract, or 'the deal', with their employer is broken? How well does the psychological contract help us understand what happens at work between an employee and their employer? Is the idea of practical value in managing employees? How can our understanding of this important concept be developed in the future? Starting with a history of the concept, from its emergence in the 1960s through to it finding wider acceptance in the 1990s, the authors trace the conflicting and changing definitions of the psychological contract. The shifting meaning of the concept allows possible methodological and conceptual weaknesses of the psychological contract to be explored, such as the conceptual emphasis on process within the employment relationship, which has so far been neglected by researchers. The authors start to address this issue by considering whether employees and employers can use what is known about the psychological contract to better manage the employment relationship. Written to provide a comprehensive yet critical introduction to the topic, Understanding Psychological Contracts at Work will be key reading for advanced students, lecturers, and researchers in Organizational Psychology, Organization Studies, Management Studies, Human Resource Management, Occupational Psychology; and professionals and practitioners in Occupational Psychology, Management Consultancy, Human Resource Management, Careers and Career Management, Career Counselling, Workplace Training.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199280650
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm


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Manages to provide a comprehensive overview of research to enable a good understanding of the key components of what is meant by psychological contracts...This book would be helpful to anyone who manages, or has influence over people. * Personnel Today, Alison Norris, HR consultancy manager, MHL Support *
The book provides innumerable ideas for future research and will therefore be welcomed by students and teachers alike, as nowhere before in this field have so many jumping of points for new research projects been presented in a single volume. * Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology *
Conway and Briner provide a balanced and comprehensive assessment of contemporary psychological contract research. Their book is an intelligent guide for scholars seeking to advance our understanding of employment relationships. It is essential sourcebook, filled with ways to improve how we study workers and organizations. * Denise Rousseau, H. J. Heinz II Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management *
This is the book on the psychological contract that many of us have been waiting for. Conway and Briner have provided a critical yet sympathetic analysis of the promise inherent in the concept and of the extent to which that promise has been fulfilled. * David Guest, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management, King's College, London *
This book is a comprehensive review of the literature that will interest all those who want to make sense of an important if sometimes frustrating idea. * People Management *
The bottom line is that this is a book written in a precise style with the intent to find precision in a concept that has defied such analysis. It is a worthy synthesis of the research and thinking in the field, and I recommend it. * Personnel Psychology *

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