Employee perceptions of the psychological contract are not symmetrical

cautions derived from analyses of the dimensionality of the psychological contract inventory

Denise M. Jepsen, John J. Rodwell

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Abstract

This paper explores the Psychological Contract Inventory (PCI) (Rousseau, 2000) as a measure of an employee's perception of their psychological contract with their employer. All 80 items in the PCI from both the employer and employee scales were included. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse the responses from 436 currently working, non-student respondents. The results demonstrated a non-symmetrical perspective on the employer and employee promises and obligations. The dimensionality of the PCI needs further investigation and possible expansion to ensure it best represents the employees' perceptions of the psychological contract construct.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanagement : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities
EditorsJessica Kennedy, Lee Di Milia
Place of PublicationRockhampton, Qld.
PublisherCentral Queensland University
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1921047348
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management International conference (20th : 2006) - Yeppoon, Qld.
Duration: 6 Dec 20069 Dec 2006

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management International conference (20th : 2006)
CityYeppoon, Qld.
Period6/12/069/12/06

Keywords

  • psychological contract
  • obligations
  • promises
  • organizational behaviour

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    Jepsen, D. M., & Rodwell, J. J. (2006). Employee perceptions of the psychological contract are not symmetrical: cautions derived from analyses of the dimensionality of the psychological contract inventory. In J. Kennedy, & L. Di Milia (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference: management : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities (pp. 1-17). Rockhampton, Qld.: Central Queensland University.