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Not so i-deal: a critical review of idiosyncratic-deals theory and research

Conway, Neil and Coyle-Shapiro, Jacqueline (2015) Not so i-deal: a critical review of idiosyncratic-deals theory and research. In: Bal, Matthijs and Rousseau, Denise M., (eds.) Idiosyncratic Deals between Employees and Organizations: Conceptual Issues, Applications and the Role of Co-workers. Current issues in work and organizational psychology. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 36-64. ISBN 9781848724457

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We put i-deals under the microscope and critically review its definition, theory and empirical evidence with the aim of provoking debate about this intriguing idea. We scrutinize definitions of i-deals, highlighting confusing aspects and critique its features. We assess the offered theoretical mechanisms linking i-deals to putative outcomes, and consider whether ideals provide a novel lens to understanding the employee-organization relationship. We consider how i-deals research findings could – rather than showing the benefits of i-deals – be interpreted as reflecting how i-deals may damage employment relations and unit-level productivity. Finally, we identify problems with the ways i-deals have been measured and raise concerns about the research designs employed in empirical studies.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 08:27
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2024 17:51

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