The role of ethical values in an expanded psychological contract

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Title The role of ethical values in an expanded psychological contract
Author O'Donohue, Wayne; Nelson, Lindsay
Journal Name Journal of Business Ethics
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Abstract Social values and beliefs systems are playing an increasingly influential role in shaping the attitudes and behavior of individuals and organizations towards the employment relationship. Many individuals seek a broader meaning in their work that will let them feel that they are contributing to the broader community. For many organizations, a willingness to behave ethically and assume responsibility for social and environmental consequences of their activities has become essential to maintaining their ‹license to operate.’ The appearance of these trends in individual and organizational behavior towards outcomes that are more explicitly congruent with ethical and social values has significant implications for understanding the psychological contracts being created today. In this paper, we examine issues associated with the psychological contract and ethical standards of behavior, focusing on both the individual and organizational levels.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Springer Netherlands. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 90(2), pp. 251-263, 2009. Journal of Business Ethics is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 90
Issue Number 2
Page from 251
Page to 263
ISSN 0167-4544
Date Accessioned 2011-02-07
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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