Tracking employees’ twists and turns : a mixed methods approach to assessing change in the psychological contract

Bankins, Sarah (2010) Tracking employees’ twists and turns : a mixed methods approach to assessing change in the psychological contract. In Esteves, Jose (Ed.) Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Academic Publishing Ltd, IE Business School, Madrid, pp. 592-600.

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The psychological contract has emerged over the past 60 years as a key analytical device for both academics and practitioners to conceptualise and explain the employment relationship. However, despite the recognised import of this field, some authors suggest it has fallen into a ‘methodological rut’ and is neglecting to empirically assess basic theoretical tenets of the concept – such as the temporal and individualised, subjective nature of the construct. This paper describes the research design of a longitudinal, mixed methods study to explore development and change in the psychological contract and outline how the use of individual growth modelling can be a powerful tool in analysing the type of quantitative data collected. Finally, by briefly outlining the benefits of this approach, the paper seeks to offer an alternative methodology to explore the dynamic and intra-individual processes within the psychological contract domain.

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ID Code: 39245
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Psychological Contract, Mixed Methods, Longitudinal Change, Individual Growth Modelling
ISBN: 9781906638658
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2010 01:42
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2012 22:54

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