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Psychological contracts: past, present and future

Coyle-Shapiro, Jacqueline A-M. and Pereira Costa, Sandra and Doden, Wiebke and Chang, Chiachi (2019) Psychological contracts: past, present and future. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. ISSN 2327-0616 (In Press)

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We provide a review of psychological contract research beginning with past conceptualizations and empirical evidence. We tailor this retrospective look by reviewing the antecedents and outcomes associated with psychological contract breach and discussing the dominant theoretical explanations for the breach-outcome relationship. This synthesis of past evidence provides the foundation for reviewing the present emerging and developing themes in psychological contract research. This is organized around the expansion of: resources exchanged, antecedents of contract breach and outcomes; moving beyond reciprocity as an underpinning explanation. We highlight the practical implications of research to date on psychological contracts and end with directions for future research to include greater attention given to poly-contextual approaches, the role of psychological needs and post-breach/violation. Keywords:

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Additional Information: © 2019 Annual Reviews
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 16:01
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 15:36

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