Psychological Contracts in Organizations: Understanding Written and Unwritten Agreements

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SAGE, May 18, 1995 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
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Book DescriptionRecipient of the George Terry Book Award sponsored by the Academy of Management 'The incredible number of specific illustrations embedded in this text is a great asset. The book will be a good read for a potentially wide academic audience of professors and students (especially in psychology and business schools), anybody interested in contracts in the nonlegal sense, and for 'thinking managers' and practitioners. Psychological Contracts in Organizations will become a standard reference in the organizational sciences by 1997.' --Richard Guzzo, University of Maryland, College Park This unique book examines the organizational, social, and psychological meaning of contracts, written and unwritten, in organizations. The author addresses a multitude of important topics, including contract making, interpretation of contracts, contracts that are emerging due to the turmoil and economic forces in the 1990s, contract violations, and strategies for changing contracts. In addition, this volume includes a thought-provoking discussion of how contracts are linked to an organization's strategy and its human resource practices. This outstanding volume concludes with an assessment of societal trends that point to large-scale changes in future employment contracts. Psychological Contracts in Organizations will capture the interest of advanced undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, managers, and researchers in the areas of organizational behavior, management, organizational psychology, human relations, industrial relations, law, and socioeconomics.
 

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Contents

A Modern Dilemma
1
Contract Making
23
The Contract Makers
55
Contemporary Contracts
90
Violating the Contract
111
Changing the Contract
141
Business Strategy and Contracts
180
Trends in the New Social Contract
202
References
225
Index
236
About the Author
242
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About the author (1995)

Professor Denise Rousseau studies the changing psychological contract in employment, human resource strategies, and the effects of organizational culture on performance. Her books include: Psychological Contracts in Employment (Sage, with Rene Schalk); Relational Wealth: The Advantage of Stability in a Changing Economy (Oxford, with Carrie Leana); Psychological Contracts in Organizations (Sage); Boundaryless Careers: Work, Mobility, and Learning in the New Organizational Era (Oxford, with M. Arthur); Developing an Interdisciplinary Science of Organizations (Jossey-Bass, with K. Roberts and C. Hulin); and Trends in Organizational Behavior (Wiley series, with C. Cooper). She is also the author of more than 100 articles. Professor Rousseau served as President, Academy of Management (2004-2005), and is Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Organizational Behavior (1998 – present). Psychological Contracts in Organizations, won the Academy of Management's Terry Award.

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