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Edited by Yannick Griep and Cary Cooper

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Edited by Yannick Griep and Cary Cooper

The different contributions made to this edited book illustrate that the study of psychological contracts has offered critical scholarly and practical insights into the functional and dysfunctional aspects of the employment relationship for several decades. However, as with other fields of research, it behooves the psychological contract field to pause periodically, take stock, explore gaps, and identify new research streams to maintain and expand its impact upon scholarship and practice. An edited book like this offers a good opportunity to see how far we have come with the psychological contract and where the challenges lie ahead. In the chapter, the authors identify and develop three key areas that promise to enrich psychological contract research: 1) time; 2) social context; and 3) the changing nature of work. For each of these key areas, they formulate promising future research questions.

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Edited by Yannick Griep and Cary Cooper

The psychological contract is considered a critical construct in organizational behavior literature because it informs employee emotions, attitudes, and behaviors in the workplace. Although the psychological contract has been explored extensively over the last 50 years, numerous theoretical, conceptual, empirical, methodological, and analytical changes have pushed the field forward. As such, it is time to take stock and move forward. The contributors to this Handbook explore in detail this important component of modern management thinking.
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Samantha D. Hansen and Yannick Griep

Like organizational commitment, research on the ‘psychological contract’ (PC) provides an important framework for helping employers to understand and manage their relationships with employees. A PC represents the employee’s beliefs about mutual obligations exchanged with the employer. This chapter offers an overview of key topics and theoretical refinement in the study of PCs, with special attention to theoretical and empirical connections with organizational commitment. Although organizational commitment is treated primarily as an outcome variable in the extant PC literature, recent theoretical developments in the study of PCs suggest a far more complex role of organizational commitment for future research. The authors discuss several exciting opportunities for the concurrent study of PCs and organizational commitment (for example, how commitment changes over time as a function of PC phase) and explore how the organizational commitment literature can inform future exploration of PC processes.

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Justin Weinhardt, Yannick Griep and Joanna Sosnowska

Formal dynamic and computational models are a useful method of conceptualizing complex and dynamic phenomena in psychology because they allow researchers to understand how a representation of a phenomenon behaves as a complex system over time. Despite the clear advantages, organizational psychologists seem to shy away from using formal dynamic and computational models. This chapter focuses on how formal dynamic and computational model approaches can advance our understanding of psychological contract dynamics. The authors first discuss the advantages of formal dynamic and computational models, and how using them can address the existing issues in the psychological contract literature. Then they focus on different levels of analysis and different types of dynamic and computational models that are relevant to psychological contract research. They end this chapter with an overview of useful books, journals, articles, and websites for researchers who are interested in building their own formal dynamic or computational model.