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From top gun to the daily grind: contextualizing psychological contract breach for military pilots
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. University of Calgary, Canada.
Number of Authors: 32019 (English)In: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, ISSN 1359-432X, E-ISSN 1464-0643Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study expands our understanding of employee reactions to psychological contract (PC) breach by contextualizing the relationship between PC breach and feelings of violation in a European military setting through the study of strong commitment to specific career goals, high managerial turnover, lack of clarity about the perceived responsibility and controllability of PC breach, as well as aviation restrictions. Based on interviews with 41 pilots, we found that two factors - passion for job and professional commitment - which have not been a strong focus in extant research, play critical roles in the processes involved in employee PC breach reactions. We further contribute to the literature by demonstrating when, why, and where perceptions of PC breach influence exit, loyalty, voice, and neglect reactions in a military setting (e.g., we found that certain reactions, such as neglect, are restricted due to the potential safety consequences of said reactions). This research charts new directions for psychological contract research in which more attention is placed on the context within which psychological contract processes develop and change. We provide insights to practitioners and discuss implications, limitations, and future research directions.

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2019.
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Employment contract status, psychological contract, military pilots, qualitative research
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175755DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2019.1681500ISI: 000491631800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175755DiVA, id: diva2:1374009
Available from: 2019-11-28 Created: 2019-11-28 Last updated: 2019-11-28

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