Symposium 623 - Exploring The Boundaries Of Psychological Contract Research: Part 1 - Theoretical And Conceptual Challenges

Psychological Contracts
Friday May 19   03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (1 hour)
Employment relations
Psychological contracts
Exploring the boundaries of psychological contract research: Part 1 - Theoretical and conceptual challenges
Y. Griep*, T. Vantilborgh 1
1Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
Main Abstract Content: Since 2015, theorizing about the psychological contract had advanced considerably with the introduction of new theories and models that focus either on phases of the psychological contract (Psychological Contract Theory 2.0; Rousseau, Hansen, & Tomprou, 2016) or on the aftermath of violation (Post-Violation Model; Tomprou, Rousseau, & Hansen, 2015). While these theoretical developments have furthered our current understanding of the psychological contract as a dynamic construct that is formed, maintained, disrupted, and repaired, they have also created new theoretical, methodological, and conceptual challenges for researchers who want to study the psychological contract and its underlying mechanisms from a dynamic perspective.
The four presentations introduce the challenges and benefits associated with (1) new methodological techniques which can be used to study the emergence and formation of the psychological contract over time (Erdem), (2) new ways of statistically modelling psychological contract breach (Hofmans), (3) complex interactions between multiple actors in the psychological contract (Solinger), and (4) dealing with rejections when aiming to tackle these theoretical, methodological, and conceptual challenges in the study of psychological contracts (Tomprou).
In addition to the insights obtained from the four presentations, the panel discussion with members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Psychology (Samantha Hansen), the Journal of Organizational Behavior (Violet Ho), and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (Kevin Daniels) will further our insights and knowledge on ways to deal with these theoretical, methodological, and conceptual challenges.


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