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The psychological contract: a critical review

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dc.contributor.author Cullinane, Niall en
dc.contributor.author Dundon, Tony en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-26T16:13:46Z en
dc.date.available 2011-07-26T16:13:46Z en
dc.date.issued 2006 en
dc.identifier.citation N. Cullinane and T. Dundon, 2006, The psychological contract: a critical review, International Journal of Management Reviews, 8(2): 113-129 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2076 en
dc.description.abstract Literature on the psychological contract has blossomed progressively over the last ten years to the extent that it is now firmly located within the lexicon of the Human Resource Management (HRM) discipline. Yet as this review indicates, the theoretical assumptions that seem to pervade the psychological contract literature are not without major deficiencies, which in turn pose serious questions around the continued sustainability of the construct as currently constituted. This paper addresses some of the central problems presently confronting the theoretical side of the psychological contract literature. In seeking to advance knowledge and understanding, this review calls for an alternative approach to studying the psychological contract on the basis of a more critical and discursive literature analysis. From this we unpick the construct of the psychological contract as portrayed in much of the extant literature, and argue that in its present form it symbolizes an ideologically biased formula designed for a particular managerialist interpretation of contemporary work and employment. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher International Journal of Management Reviews en
dc.subject Psychological contract en
dc.subject Human Resource Management en
dc.subject Critical discourse en
dc.subject Employment relations en
dc.title The psychological contract: a critical review en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2006.00123.x en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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