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A model of psychological contract creation upon organizational entry

A model of psychological contract creation upon organizational entry Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of a number of factors in newcomers' psychological contract development. Design/methodology/approach – The approach taken is a literature review with the development of a conceptual model. Findings – The paper contributes to the psychological contract literature by adopting a sensemaking perspective and focusing on the role of newcomers' pre‐entry expectations and emotions on the psychological contract creation process. The authors also discuss the differential role of contract makers and facilitators and the modes they employ to influence newcomers' psychological contract creation. Originality/value – Psychological contract research has emphasized the consequences of psychological contract breach and violation. The paper's aim is to direct attention at understanding the psychological contract in its very initial stages. The authors discuss implications for research and practice on managing psychological contract creation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Career Development International Emerald Publishing

A model of psychological contract creation upon organizational entry

Career Development International , Volume 16 (4): 22 – Aug 16, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1362-0436
DOI
10.1108/13620431111158779
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of a number of factors in newcomers' psychological contract development. Design/methodology/approach – The approach taken is a literature review with the development of a conceptual model. Findings – The paper contributes to the psychological contract literature by adopting a sensemaking perspective and focusing on the role of newcomers' pre‐entry expectations and emotions on the psychological contract creation process. The authors also discuss the differential role of contract makers and facilitators and the modes they employ to influence newcomers' psychological contract creation. Originality/value – Psychological contract research has emphasized the consequences of psychological contract breach and violation. The paper's aim is to direct attention at understanding the psychological contract in its very initial stages. The authors discuss implications for research and practice on managing psychological contract creation.

Journal

Career Development InternationalEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 16, 2011

Keywords: Psychological contract; Socialization; Sense making; Employee behaviour; Employment

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