Psychological Contracts

  • Mayank Kumar Golpelwar
Part of the Internationale Wirtschaftspartner book series (INWI)


Perceived job expectations like opportunities for promotions and raises, or fair pay for performance, play an important role in how individuals make sense of a job and adhere to psychologically felt reciprocal obligations in carrying out a job (Robinson, et al., 1994; Rousseau, 1995). Employees believe that in return for fulfilling their perceived obligations, their employer will provide certain benefits to them, which might not even be explicitly stated in the employment contract (Rousseau, 1990). Their job expectations are akin to those defined in an employment contract, except that these expectations and obligations are unwritten and subjectively defined by individual employees.


Psychological Contract Employment Contract Contract Type Legal Contract Balance Contract 
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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Resource Management and LeadershipUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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