Psychological contract breach in a Chinese context: an integrative approach

Susanna Lo, Samuel Aryee

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Abstract

This study examined the antecedents and outcomes of psychological contract breach as well as why and how psychological contract breach is related to these outcomes. Respondents were Hong Kong Chinese employees (N=152). Results showed organizational change and history of contract breach to be related to psychological contract breach which, in turn, was related to turnover intentions, psychological withdrawal behaviour, and civic virtue. Further, trust in employer fully mediated the relationship between psychological contract breach and the work outcomes of psychological withdrawal behaviour and civic virtue but partially mediated the psychological contract breach–turnover intentions relationship. Lastly, interactional justice failed to moderate the relationship between psychological contract breach and the work outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1020
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

Keywords

  • psychological contract breach
  • Hong Kong
  • Chinese employees
  • organizational change
  • contract breach
  • turnover
  • psychological withdrawal behaviour
  • civic virtue
  • trust
  • interactional justice

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