Distinctions between psychological contract breach and organisational justice on violation and other important employee outcomes

Denise M. Jepsen, John Rodwell

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Abstract

Psychological contract and organisational justice theories are intricately linked, with perceived breach of an employee’s psychological contract leading to feelings of injustice. Yet the extent to which an employee’s perceptions of organisational justice and breach are separate have not yet been identified. This study examines the concurrent effects of breach and four distinct types of organisational justice in a comprehensive model. The study reports the result of main, nonlinear and interaction effects of the separate variables of breach and each of the four organisational justice types – distributive, procedural, interpersonal and informational – on employee felt violation of their psychological contract. The study uses longitudinal data to demonstrate the incremental additional contribution of each element. The results, including non-results, of the breach and justice relationships with violation and the other important employee outcomes of job satisfaction, intention to stay and affective, continuance and normative commitment, are reported. Results indicate that when all the breach and organisational justice relationships are considered simultaneously, breach does not significantly contribute an additive effect to violation. Hence, violation must be considered separately to breach in studies of the psychological contract.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFSAM 2010 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationjustice and sustainability in the global economy
Place of PublicationParis, France
PublisherIFSAM
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management Conference - Paris
Duration: 8 Jul 201010 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceInternational Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management Conference
CityParis
Period8/07/1010/07/10

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