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

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posted on 2024-06-13, 10:17 authored by HK Perera, YT Chew, I Nielsen
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.

History

Journal

International journal of human resource management

Volume

29

Pagination

1454-1484

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0958-5192

eISSN

1466-4399

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2016, Informa UK

Issue

8

Publisher

Taylor & Francis