The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

12 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

It has been argued that in a workplace environment that is characterised by significant change and uncertainty, the formation and content of the psychological contracts that exist are of increasing importance regarding levels of employee trust, satisfaction, commitment and motivation, and teaching and research outcomes. While research has clearly demonstrated that psychological contracts can have considerable impact upon workplace relations and employee performance, research into the formation, content and effects of psychological contracts between academics and the University has been very limited. The paper used a sequential multi methods research design to explore the formation and content of psychological contracts established by the academics within an Australian University. The focus groups were carried first to identify the issues and themes that can subsequently be drawn upon to assist with development of relevant survey questions. Focus groups sought to elicit insights and subjective interpretations of the psychological contracts and the consequences of perceived fulfilment or breach. This, first qualitative phase of research has identified four key foci of academic responsibility that greatly influenced the formation and effects of the psychological contracts that have been formed, and these are: the University, the discipline, society, and students. These four categories were used later on to further develop the questionnaire and carry out exploratory factor analysis of a larger survey of the academics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECRM 2008 Proceedings
EditorsAnn Brown
Place of PublicationReading, UK
PublisherAcademic Publishing Limited
Pages209-218
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781906638023
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventEuropean Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies - Regents College, London, UK, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jun 200820 Jun 2008

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period19/06/0820/06/08

Fingerprint

research planning
workplace
employee
factor analysis
Group
uncertainty
commitment
responsibility
interpretation
questionnaire
Teaching
performance
student

Cite this

Krivokapic-Skoko, B., & O'Neill, G. (2008). The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia. In A. Brown (Ed.), ECRM 2008 Proceedings (pp. 209-218). Reading, UK: Academic Publishing Limited.
Krivokapic-Skoko, Branka ; O'Neill, Grant. / The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia. ECRM 2008 Proceedings. editor / Ann Brown. Reading, UK : Academic Publishing Limited, 2008. pp. 209-218
@inproceedings{c23819335c17424f829835bdb6d977f3,
title = "The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia",
abstract = "It has been argued that in a workplace environment that is characterised by significant change and uncertainty, the formation and content of the psychological contracts that exist are of increasing importance regarding levels of employee trust, satisfaction, commitment and motivation, and teaching and research outcomes. While research has clearly demonstrated that psychological contracts can have considerable impact upon workplace relations and employee performance, research into the formation, content and effects of psychological contracts between academics and the University has been very limited. The paper used a sequential multi methods research design to explore the formation and content of psychological contracts established by the academics within an Australian University. The focus groups were carried first to identify the issues and themes that can subsequently be drawn upon to assist with development of relevant survey questions. Focus groups sought to elicit insights and subjective interpretations of the psychological contracts and the consequences of perceived fulfilment or breach. This, first qualitative phase of research has identified four key foci of academic responsibility that greatly influenced the formation and effects of the psychological contracts that have been formed, and these are: the University, the discipline, society, and students. These four categories were used later on to further develop the questionnaire and carry out exploratory factor analysis of a larger survey of the academics.",
keywords = "Open access version available, Academia, Mixed methods, Psychological contracts",
author = "Branka Krivokapic-Skoko and Grant O'Neill",
note = "Imported on 03 May 2017 - DigiTool details were: publisher = Reading, UK: Academic Publishing Limited, 2008. editor/s (773b) = Ann Brown; Event dates (773o) = 19-20 June 2008; Parent title (773t) = European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies.",
year = "2008",
language = "English",
pages = "209--218",
editor = "Ann Brown",
booktitle = "ECRM 2008 Proceedings",
publisher = "Academic Publishing Limited",
address = "United Kingdom",

}

Krivokapic-Skoko, B & O'Neill, G 2008, The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia. in A Brown (ed.), ECRM 2008 Proceedings. Academic Publishing Limited, Reading, UK, pp. 209-218, European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, United Kingdom, 19/06/08.

The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia. / Krivokapic-Skoko, Branka; O'Neill, Grant.

ECRM 2008 Proceedings. ed. / Ann Brown. Reading, UK : Academic Publishing Limited, 2008. p. 209-218.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

TY - GEN

T1 - The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia

AU - Krivokapic-Skoko, Branka

AU - O'Neill, Grant

N1 - Imported on 03 May 2017 - DigiTool details were: publisher = Reading, UK: Academic Publishing Limited, 2008. editor/s (773b) = Ann Brown; Event dates (773o) = 19-20 June 2008; Parent title (773t) = European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies.

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - It has been argued that in a workplace environment that is characterised by significant change and uncertainty, the formation and content of the psychological contracts that exist are of increasing importance regarding levels of employee trust, satisfaction, commitment and motivation, and teaching and research outcomes. While research has clearly demonstrated that psychological contracts can have considerable impact upon workplace relations and employee performance, research into the formation, content and effects of psychological contracts between academics and the University has been very limited. The paper used a sequential multi methods research design to explore the formation and content of psychological contracts established by the academics within an Australian University. The focus groups were carried first to identify the issues and themes that can subsequently be drawn upon to assist with development of relevant survey questions. Focus groups sought to elicit insights and subjective interpretations of the psychological contracts and the consequences of perceived fulfilment or breach. This, first qualitative phase of research has identified four key foci of academic responsibility that greatly influenced the formation and effects of the psychological contracts that have been formed, and these are: the University, the discipline, society, and students. These four categories were used later on to further develop the questionnaire and carry out exploratory factor analysis of a larger survey of the academics.

AB - It has been argued that in a workplace environment that is characterised by significant change and uncertainty, the formation and content of the psychological contracts that exist are of increasing importance regarding levels of employee trust, satisfaction, commitment and motivation, and teaching and research outcomes. While research has clearly demonstrated that psychological contracts can have considerable impact upon workplace relations and employee performance, research into the formation, content and effects of psychological contracts between academics and the University has been very limited. The paper used a sequential multi methods research design to explore the formation and content of psychological contracts established by the academics within an Australian University. The focus groups were carried first to identify the issues and themes that can subsequently be drawn upon to assist with development of relevant survey questions. Focus groups sought to elicit insights and subjective interpretations of the psychological contracts and the consequences of perceived fulfilment or breach. This, first qualitative phase of research has identified four key foci of academic responsibility that greatly influenced the formation and effects of the psychological contracts that have been formed, and these are: the University, the discipline, society, and students. These four categories were used later on to further develop the questionnaire and carry out exploratory factor analysis of a larger survey of the academics.

KW - Open access version available

KW - Academia

KW - Mixed methods

KW - Psychological contracts

M3 - Conference paper

SP - 209

EP - 218

BT - ECRM 2008 Proceedings

A2 - Brown, Ann

PB - Academic Publishing Limited

CY - Reading, UK

ER -

Krivokapic-Skoko B, O'Neill G. The Use of a Sequential Multi Method Research Design in Exploring Psychological Contracts within Academia. In Brown A, editor, ECRM 2008 Proceedings. Reading, UK: Academic Publishing Limited. 2008. p. 209-218