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Leadership, human resource management and the content of the psychological contract

Flood, Patrick C. and Ramamoorthy, Nagarajan and McDermott, Aoife and Conway, Edel (2008) Leadership, human resource management and the content of the psychological contract. LInK Working Paper Series. (Paper No. 03-08). The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.

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This paper argues that, in combination, management leadership styles (transactional versus relational) and human resource management practices (flexibility versus commitment) play an important role in formulating the orientation and content of the psychological contract. The paper presents a theoretical framework of how this occurs, drawing upon and integrating prior research to develop a typology of psychological contract obligations based on a two-by-two matrix, with leadership style and HRM systems on opposing axes. The resultant obligations are termed as partnership, paternalistic, market-based and dynamic. Implications are discussed from the viewpoint of both individuals and organizations. Crucially, the paper posits that a failure to match leadership styles and human resource (HR) practices may lead to mismatched expectations between employees and employers. This may have negative consequences for an organization’s performance as, under the psychological contract, a breach of perceived obligations to employees by employers can have consequences for employee attitudes and behaviors.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. 03-08)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Psychological Contract; Leadership; Human Resource Management;
Subjects:Business > Personnel management
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Research Initiatives and Centres > LInK: The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre > LInK Working Paper Series
Publisher:The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University
Copyright Information:© 2008, LInK, Patrick C. Flood, Nagarajan Ramamoorthy, Aoife McDermott, Edel Conway
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2422
Deposited On:19 Feb 2009 14:33 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 25 Sep 2013 14:43

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