Th-SYM-2111-5 - How Do I-Deals Deal with Psychological Contract Breach? A Psychological Needs Perspective

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jeudi 18 mai   11:30 AM à 01:00 PM (1 heure 30 minutes)
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Th-SYM-2111-5
How Do I-Deals Deal with Psychological Contract Breach? A Psychological Needs Perspective
(ORAL PRESENTATION IN SYMPOSIUM: EAWOP2017-SYMPOSIUM 2111
C. Chang 1,*, J. Coyle-Shapiro 1, C.-C. Kuo 2
1Department of Management, London School of Economics & Political Science, London, United Kingdom, 2National Chenchi University, Taiwan, Taiwan, Province of China
 
Content: ORAL PRESENTATION IN SYMPOSIUM: EAWOP2017-SYMPOSIUM 2111
Purpose. We explore how psychological contracts and idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) are related from a psychological needs perspective. We focus on two prominent needs (the need to belong and the need for control), and examine how thwarted psychological needs can provide one explanation for the relationship between employees’ psychological contract breach (PCB) and requesting an i-deal.
Design/Methodology. Using a sample of 124 EMBA Taiwanese employees, we gathered the data at three points in time with a separation of three months between each measurement point. PCB was captured at Time 1, thwarted psychological needs at Time 2 and request for an i-deal at Time 3.
Results. Thwarted belongingness needs positively mediate the relationship between PCB and the request for an i-deal whereas thwarted control needs negatively mediate the relationship between PCB and request of an i-deal.
Limitations. The study considers psychological needs only without concurrently examining the role of individual differences or contextual factors.
Research/Practical Implications. We provide an alternative perspective for psychological contracts and i-deals beyond a social exchange explanation. We demonstrate that thwarted psychological needs can explain why (and why not) PCB leads to (or not) an employee requesting an i-deal.
Originality/Value. While psychological contracts and i-deals share a common theoretical basis in social exchange theory, empirically, the two strands of research have remained independent.  Drawing upon psychological needs, we integrate the two frameworks by examining how PCB can trigger employee's’ request for an i-deal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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