Sa-OR-S146-1 - A Co-Evolution Model Of Newcomers’ Psychological Contract Formation And Social Networks

Psychological Contracts
Oral Presentation
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Saturday May 20   11:30 AM to 11:45 AM (15 minutes)
Employment relations
Psychological contracts
A Co-Evolution Model of Newcomers’ Psychological Contract Formation and Social Networks
C. Erdem*
Content: Psychological contract has been studied as an explanatory framework for the employment relationship to predict and understand employee attitudes and behaviors. Whilst extensive research has focused on the outcomes of the psychological contract, there has been a paucity of research examining the actual formation of it. The purpose of this conceptual paper is to fill this knowledge gap by introducing a co-evolution model that conceptualizes the concurrent formation of newcomers’ psychological contracts and social relationships.
Model development and theoretical mechanisms are explained in detail. Asserting propositions explain how newcomers make sense of information they gathered from pre-entry to post-socialization, leading from pre-entry expectations and social interactions to the formation of psychological contract and social networks respectively.
A novel methodology called SIENA (Statistical Investigation for Empirical Network Analysis) is introduced. SIENA is designed to analyze various types of networks and behavior data as co-dependent variables and makes it possible to simulate the co-evolution of social networks and psychological contract formation.
Implications include effective management of new employees’ psychological contracts from the formation stage, therefore, potentially prevent future perceptions of breach and related negative employee outcomes.
This paper is original in many ways. Firstly, it extends earlier research by explaining how and why the nature of newcomers’ relationships influence newcomers’ psychological contract formation. Secondly and most originally, this paper integrates social networks and psychological contract literatures and moves both beyond examining the joint formation of social networks and psychological contracts, and the extent that they influence each other’s’ evolution simultaneously. 

London School of Economics and Political Science
PhD Candidate

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