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

Bankins, Sarah (2011) Tracking employees' twists and turns : describing a mixed methods approach to assessing change in the psychological contract. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5(3), pp. 351-366.

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Abstract

The psychological contract is a key analytical device utilised by both academics and practitioners to conceptualise and explore the dynamics of the employment relationship. However, despite the recognised import of the construct, some authors suggest that its empirical investigation has fallen into a 'methodological rut' [Conway & Briner, 2005, p. 89] and is neglecting to assess key tenets of the concept, such as its temporal and dynamic nature. This paper describes the research design of a longitudinal, mixed methods study which draws upon the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry in order to explore the development of, and changes in, the psychological contract. Underpinned by a critical realist philosophy, the paper seeks to offer a research design suitable for exploring the process of change not only within the psychological contract domain, but also for similar constructs in the human resource management and broader organisational behaviour fields.

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ID Code: 47419
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Psychological Contract, Mixed Methods, Longitudinal, Change, Critical Realism
ISSN: 1834-0806
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
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 2011 eContent Management Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2012 08:45
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 08:32

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