Understanding Psychological Contracts at Work: A Critical Evaluation of Theory and Research by Neil ConwayUnderstanding Psychological Contracts at Work: A Critical Evaluation of Theory and Research by Neil Conway

Understanding Psychological Contracts at Work: A Critical Evaluation of Theory and Research

byNeil Conway, Rob B. Briner

Hardcover | February 9, 2006

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How can we understand the relationship between employer and employee? What determines the give and take of such relationships and what happens when they go wrong? This book is the first to provide a comprehensive and critical overview of what is now the major way of trying to understand theemployment relationship - the concept of the psychological contract. Written contracts often specify very little in terms of the important details about what we are prepared to do for our employer and what we want back in return. The psychological contract considers these implicit or unwritten aspects of the employment relationship. What do employees really expectfrom work? What happens when the contract, or 'the deal', with their employer is broken? How well does the psychological contract help us understand what happens at work between an employee and their employer? Is the idea of practical value in managing employees? How can our understanding ofthis important concept be developed in the future?Starting with a history of the concept, from its emergence in the 1960s through to it finding wider acceptance in the 1990s, the authors trace the conflicting and changing definitions of the psychological contract. The shifting meaning of the concept allows possible methodological and conceptualweaknesses of the psychological contract to be explored, such as the conceptual emphasis on process within the employment relationship, which has so far been neglected by researchers. The authors start to address this issue by considering whether employees and employers can use what is known aboutthe psychological contract to better manage the employment relationship.Written to provide a comprehensive yet critical introduction to the topic, Understanding Psychological Contracts at Work will be key reading for advanced students, lecturers, and researchers in Organizational Psychology, Organization Studies, Management Studies, Human Resource Management,Occupational Psychology; and professionals and practitioners in Occupational Psychology, Management Consultancy, Human Resource Management, Careers and Career Management, Career Counselling, Workplace Training.
Neil Conway is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. His current research interests include the psychological contract, forms of employment contract, and everyday workplace affect and behaviour. He was recently awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship, starting in May 2002, to conduct research into t...
Title:Understanding Psychological Contracts at Work: A Critical Evaluation of Theory and ResearchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.54 inPublished:February 9, 2006Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199280657

ISBN - 13:9780199280650


Editorial Reviews

`This is the book on the psychological contract that many of us have been waiting for. Conway and Briner have provided a critical yet sympathetic analysis of the promise inherent in the concept and of the extent to which that promise has been fulfilled.'David Guest, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management, King's College London