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.
|Title of host publication||ECRM 2008 Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Reading, UK|
|Publisher||Academic Publishing Limited|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies - Regents College, London, UK, United Kingdom|
Duration: 19 Jun 2008 → 20 Jun 2008
|Conference||European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies|
|Period||19/06/08 → 20/06/08|
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). Academic Publishing Limited.