Psychological Contract Development: An Integration of Existing Knowledge to Form a Temporal Model

Kelly Windle, Kathryn von Treuer

Abstract


The psychological contract has received substantial theoretical attention over the past two decades as a popular framework within which to examine contemporary employment relationships. Previous research mostly examines breach and violation of the psychological contract and its impact on employee organization outcomes. Few studies have employed longitudinal, prospective research designs to investigate the psychological contract and as a result, psychological contract content and formation are incompletely understood. It is argued that employment relationships may be better proactively managed with greater understanding of formation and changes in the psychological contract. We examine existing psychological contract literature to identify five key factors proposed to contribute to the formation of psychological contracts. We extend the current research by integrating these factors for the first time into a temporal model of psychological contract development.


Keywords


Psychological contract; psychological contract type; employment relationships; temporal change; social accounts; met expectations; socialisations

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