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Psychological Contract Breach in a Chinese Context: An Integrative Approach


  • Susanna Lo
  • Samuel Aryee


This study examined the antecedents and outcomes of psychological contract breach as well as why and how psychological contract breach is related to these outcomes. Respondents were Hong Kong Chinese employees (N=152). Results showed organizational change and history of contract breach to be related to psychological contract breach which, in turn, was related to turnover intentions, psychological withdrawal behaviour, and civic virtue. Further, trust in employer fully mediated the relationship between psychological contract breach and the work outcomes of psychological withdrawal behaviour and civic virtue but partially mediated the psychological contract breach-turnover intentions relationship. Lastly, interactional justice failed to moderate the relationship between psychological contract breach and the work outcomes. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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  • Susanna Lo & Samuel Aryee, 2003. "Psychological Contract Breach in a Chinese Context: An Integrative Approach," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(4), pages 1005-1020, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jomstd:v:40:y:2003:i:4:p:1005-1020

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    5. David C. Thomas & Elizabeth C. Ravlin & Yuan Liao & Daniel L. Morrell & Kevin Au, 2016. "Collectivist Values, Exchange Ideology and Psychological Contract Preference," Management International Review, Springer, vol. 56(2), pages 255-281, April.
    6. E. Buttner & Kevin Lowe & Lenora Billings-Harris, 2012. "An Empirical Test of Diversity Climate Dimensionality and Relative Effects on Employee of Color Outcomes," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 110(3), pages 247-258, October.
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