Case study on the psychological contract indices of permanent and contract staff at the end of a major Hong Kong infrastructure project

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Case study on the psychological contract indices of permanent and contract staff at the end of a major Hong Kong infrastructure project

 

Author: Chu, Wah-cheung Michael
Title: Case study on the psychological contract indices of permanent and contract staff at the end of a major Hong Kong infrastructure project
Year: 2004
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Contracts -- Psychological aspects
Commitment (Psychology)
Organizational behavior
Industrial relations
Department: Graduate School of Business
Pages: iv, 101 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1781581
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3539
Abstract: This study explored to what extent the Hong Kong employees perceive their Psychological Contract is violated. A survey was conducted on the employees of a Hong Kong transportation organisation undertaking a major infrastructure project. The sampling group comprised both Permanent and Contract staff. Contrary to research findings by Bergmann et al. (1986), Larwood et al. (1998), Rousseau (1989, 1990, 1995) and Rousseau and Wade-Benzoni (1995), Contract staff incline to maintain a relational rather than transactional contract with their employer. Towards the end phase of the project, significant amount of Psychological Contract Violation is noted. However, some of these violations are subsided upon adequate provision by the employer to satisfy their needs. This study suggests that irrespective of employment status, both Permanent and Contract Staff have similar Psychological Contract Indices when they face the same uncertainties and job prospects. Directions on the further research are discussed.

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