Professionalism in a changing work environment: Exploring the development and implications of academics' psychological contracts.

Grant O'Neill, Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, David Dowell

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While research has indicated that psychological contracts can have a considerable impact upon workplace relations and employee work performance, research on the development, detail and impact of the psychological contracts formed by university academics has been limited and variable in terms of findings. This paper discusses findings from exploratory research that aimed to partially redress this relative lack of knowledge about the formation, content and effects of psychological contracts formed by academics. We argue that in the current university environment, the formation and content of psychological contracts are of increasing importance with regard to levels of employee trust, satisfaction, commitment, motivation, and teaching and research outcomes. Further, our research indicates that many of the potentially detrimental effects of psychological contract violation can be ameliorated, and even avoided, by ensuring that employer and employee perceptions of 'obligations' are congruent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Ideas for a New Century
Subtitle of host publication11th IAM Annual Conference 2008
EditorsEdel Conway
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherDublin City University
Pages1-35
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781842181645
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventIrish Academy of Management Annual Conference - Dublin City University, Ireland
Duration: 03 Sep 200805 Sep 2008

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ConferenceIrish Academy of Management Annual Conference
CountryIreland
Period03/09/0805/09/08

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O'Neill, G., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., & Dowell, D. (2008). Professionalism in a changing work environment: Exploring the development and implications of academics' psychological contracts. In E. Conway (Ed.), New Ideas for a New Century: 11th IAM Annual Conference 2008 (pp. 1-35). Dublin: Dublin City University.
O'Neill, Grant ; Krivokapic-Skoko, Branka ; Dowell, David. / Professionalism in a changing work environment : Exploring the development and implications of academics' psychological contracts. New Ideas for a New Century: 11th IAM Annual Conference 2008. editor / Edel Conway. Dublin : Dublin City University, 2008. pp. 1-35
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Professionalism in a changing work environment : Exploring the development and implications of academics' psychological contracts. / O'Neill, Grant; Krivokapic-Skoko, Branka; Dowell, David.

New Ideas for a New Century: 11th IAM Annual Conference 2008. ed. / Edel Conway. Dublin : Dublin City University, 2008. p. 1-35.

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O'Neill G, Krivokapic-Skoko B, Dowell D. Professionalism in a changing work environment: Exploring the development and implications of academics' psychological contracts. In Conway E, editor, New Ideas for a New Century: 11th IAM Annual Conference 2008. Dublin: Dublin City University. 2008. p. 1-35