Exploring the relationship between psychological contracts and organizational change: a process model and case study evidence

J. Pate, G. Martin, H. Staines

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    The article sets out a process describing the links between the breach of psychological contracts and the resistance to strategic and organizational change. When organizations fail to respect employee interests, the low-trust relationships and levels of cynicism that invariably result severely constrain the potential for effective strategic change. Employee perceptions of breach of their psychological contracts over issues such as pay, communications and development were associated with lower levels of job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Lack of job security was a major influence on the quality of trust relations in the organizations and also became an important factor in influencing employee cynicism. The case study draws on data from a study of a Scottish industrial textiles firm. For practitioners, the principal lesson to be learned is that the frequent introduction of programmes of change, far from signalling to employees an image of an innovative management team, can produce the opposite reaction where managers are viewed as incompetent and disrespectful of employees' talents and intellects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)481-493
    Number of pages13
    JournalStrategic Change
    Volume9
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2000

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    Organizational change
    Employees
    Process model
    Psychological contract
    Cynicism
    Breach
    Strategic change
    Managers
    Team management
    Employee perceptions
    Communication
    Factors
    Organizational commitment
    Job satisfaction
    Job security
    Industrial textile

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