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The impact of the psychological contract on academics’ discretionary effort.

Johnston, Alan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4796-466X (2017) The impact of the psychological contract on academics’ discretionary effort. In: UfHRD Annual Conference, 7-9 June 2017, Lisbon. (Unpublished)

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Discussions around the psychological contract remain a prominent subject amongst the academic literature, however little has focussed on academics themselves. This paper considers the psychological contract of academics and in particular the impact it has on discretionary effort. The research undertaken involved a phenomenological study amongst 18 Business School academics from 9 UK Universities. Data was collected via interview and questionnaire to find meaning from within the construct. Findings suggest that academics have a relational psychological contract and that discretionary effort is internalised and intrinsic, suggesting a high work ethic amongst academics. However the paper raises the question as to whether this internalisation is a result of managerial processes or whether is a free choice. The findings of the paper should be f concern to academics interested in the psychological contract but will also be of interest to line managers and human resource departments within higher education institutions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2644

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