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

Neil Conway and Rob B. Briner


This book is the first to provide a comprehensive and critical overview of what is now the major way of trying to understand the employment 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 expect from work? What happens when the contract, or ‘the deal’, with their employer is broken? How well does t ... More

Keywords: employment relationship, psychological contract, written contracts, work, employee, employer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280643
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Conway, author
Lecturer in Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London

Rob B. Briner, author
Professor of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London