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Pages: 140-154
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-6957-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2017.0070

Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT IN HIGHER EDUCATION: ITS BENEFITS FOR INVESTIGATING ACADEMICS’ EXPERIENCES

L. Dean

University of Leicester (UNITED KINGDOM)
Arguments have occurred in the literature for over twenty years about changes in the job market forcing the move from old style relational psychological contracts based on trust to new more transactional contracts (e.g. Spindler, 1994, Waxler and Higginson 1993, Kanter and Mirvis 1989). However higher education has been characterized throughout that period as having stability, predictability and growth, the factors Sims (1994) describes as essential to fulfilled psychological contracts. It is only in the last few years that employees in higher education, including academics have had real cause to believe their relationships had changed too. There are greater pressures in the wider labour market for employees to show more commitment, initiative and flexibility (e.g. Schor, 1992) and the same is true of academics in rapidly changing environments, yet these are the characteristics of those in secure relational psychological contracts of the type which are being undermined. This article explores the benefits of using the psychological contract model to understand the impact of changes on academics and what the implications of these changes may be.
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L. Dean (2017) THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT IN HIGHER EDUCATION: ITS BENEFITS FOR INVESTIGATING ACADEMICS’ EXPERIENCES, ICERI2017 Proceedings, pp. 140-154.
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