Research into the psychological contract: two Australian perspectives

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Title Research into the psychological contract: two Australian perspectives
Author O'Donohue, Wayne; Donohue, Ross; Grimmer, Martin
Journal Name Human Resource Development International
Year Published 2007
Place of publication united Kingdom
Publisher Routlege
Abstract Despite their increasing relevance, employees' psychological contracts have attracted little research attention in Australia. The present paper presents two studies, which examined the psychological contracts of specific cohorts of professional employees and those in a managerial career track. The first study was an in-depth qualitative investigation of research scientists in an Australian public sector research organisation. They were found to have a strong professional affiliation and had developed psychological contracts that were best understood by reference to the 'ideological currency' of the scientific community. The second study was a quantitative examination of 156 MBA students at an Australian university, and how their psychological contracts could be related to perceptions of the contextual variables of organisational justice, perceived organisational support and external employability. Organisational justice and perceived organisational support were found to be related to the nature of the psychological contracts measured, but perceptions of external employability were not.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 10
Issue Number 3
Page from 301
Page to 318
ISSN 1367-8868
Date Accessioned 2011-02-07
Language en_AU
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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