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A qualitative study of expatriates’ perceptions of and process of responses to psychological contract breach

Perera, Hasuli Kumarika, Chew, Yin Teng and Nielsen, Ingrid 2016, A qualitative study of expatriates’ perceptions of and process of responses to psychological contract breach, International journal of human resource management, In press, pp. 1-31, doi: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1244101.

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Title A qualitative study of expatriates’ perceptions of and process of responses to psychological contract breach
Author(s) Perera, Hasuli Kumarika
Chew, Yin Teng
Nielsen, IngridORCID iD for Nielsen, Ingrid orcid.org/0000-0002-9065-9778
Journal name International journal of human resource management
Season In press
Start page 1
End page 31
Total pages 31
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11-14
ISSN 0958-5192
1466-4399
Keyword(s) expatriate
psychological contract
psychological contract breach
international assignment
sense-making
self-initiated expatriate
expatriate performance
Summary The belief that one’s employer has failed to adequately fulfill its perceived obligations is referred to as psychological contract breach (PCB). This study investigates expatriates’ perceptions of PCB and the process of how they respond to these perceptions. Although the detrimental effects of PCB on work-related outcomes of employees working on home soil are well-established, such research is lacking in the expatriate context. Through qualitative interviews, this research provides new insights into the sources and nature of expatriate-perceived PCB and contextual factors in expatriates’ sense-making processes that govern their responses to PCB. Additionally, motivational mindsets, an understudied individual difference, are a prominent buffering mechanism that restrains expatriates from withdrawing task performance in retaliation for PCB. At the same time, however, subtle and discreet tactics in the form of counterproductive work behavior and decreased professional performance are resorted to as a means for expatriate victims to deal with PCB.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09585192.2016.1244101
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
1503 Business And Management
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091773

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