Psychological Contracts: Back to the Future

Yannick Griep, Cary Cooper, Sandra Robinson, Denise M. Rousseau, Samantha D. Hansen, Maria Tomprou, Neil Conway, Rob B. Briner, Jacqueline A-M Coyle-Shapiro, Robert Horgan, Xander D. Lub, Jeroen De Jong, Johannes M. Kraak, Wayne O'Donohue, Samantha K. Jones, Tim Vantilborgh, Yang Yang, Vincent Cassar, J. Akkermans, Denise M. JepsenChris Woodrow, Simon De Jong, Ultan Sherman, Frank Bezzina, Ceren Erdem, Ann-Marie Nienaber, Philipp Romeike, Sarah Bankins, P. Matthijs Bal, Hermien Wiechers, Leah Pezer, Safâa Achnak, Barend J. Linde

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The different contributions made to this edited book illustrate that the study of psychological contracts has offered critical scholarly and practical insights into the functional and dysfunctional aspects of the employment relationship for several decades. However, as with other fields of research, it behooves the psychological contract field to pause periodically, take stock, explore gaps, and identify new research streams to maintain and expand its impact upon scholarship and practice. An edited book like this offers a good opportunity to see how far we have come with the psychological contract and where the challenges lie ahead. In the chapter, the authors identify and develop three key areas that promise to enrich psychological contract research: 1) time; 2) social context; and 3) the changing nature of work. For each of these key areas, they formulate promising future research questions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on the Psychological Contract at Work
EditorsYannick Griep, Cary Cooper
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781788115681
ISBN (Print)9781788115674
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Management series


  • Psychological contract


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