Psychological contracts and OCB: The effect of unfulfilled obligations on civic virtue behavior

Psychological contracts and OCB: The effect of unfulfilled obligations on civic virtue behavior This study examines the relationship between violation of an employee's psychological contract and civic virtue behavior. A psychological contract is a set of beliefs regarding mutual obligations between employee and employer. One hundred twenty‐six MBA alumni were surveyed at the time of hire (T1), and after 18 months (T2) and 30 months (T3) on the job. When employees felt that their employers had failed to fulfil employment obligations at T2, they were less likely to engage in civic virtue behavior at T3. There was evidence that this relationship was partly mediated by trust. These findings have implications for research on OCB and for managers seeking to maintain employee citizenship behavior. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Organizational Behavior Wiley

Psychological contracts and OCB: The effect of unfulfilled obligations on civic virtue behavior

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN
0894-3796
eISSN
1099-1379
DOI
10.1002/job.4030160309
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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between violation of an employee's psychological contract and civic virtue behavior. A psychological contract is a set of beliefs regarding mutual obligations between employee and employer. One hundred twenty‐six MBA alumni were surveyed at the time of hire (T1), and after 18 months (T2) and 30 months (T3) on the job. When employees felt that their employers had failed to fulfil employment obligations at T2, they were less likely to engage in civic virtue behavior at T3. There was evidence that this relationship was partly mediated by trust. These findings have implications for research on OCB and for managers seeking to maintain employee citizenship behavior.

Journal

Journal of Organizational BehaviorWiley

Published: May 1, 1995

References

  • Violating the psychological contract: Not the exception but the norm
    Robinson, Robinson; Rousseau, Rousseau
  • New hire perceptions of their own and their employer's obligations: A study of psychological contracts
    Rousseau, Rousseau
  • Exchange ideology as a moderator of job attitudes–organizational citizenship behaviors relationships
    Witt, Witt

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