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Psychologischer Vertrag und Anerkennung. Das Beispiel Expatriates (Psychological Contract and Recognition. The Example of Expatriates)

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  • Heiner Minssen
  • Pamela Wehling
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    In der psychologischen Vertragsforschung wird davon ausgegangen, dass der psychologische Vertrag von Arbeitnehmern einem grundlegenden Wandel unterliegt: Ein eher an Langfristigkeit orientierter relationaler psychologischer Vertrag wird zunehmend abgeloest durch einen eher kurzfristorientierten transaktionalen Vertrag. Im Rahmen einer qualitativ angelegten Studie zeigen wir hingegen am Beispiel von Arbeitnehmern in raeumlich hoch flexiblen Arbeitsverhaeltnissen, den Expatriates, dass diese Entwicklung keineswegs so eindeutig verlaeuft, sondern dass stattdessen der psychologische Vertrag charakterisiert ist durch ein Nebeneinander von relationalen und transaktionalen Vertragselementen. Aus dieser Koexistenz unterschiedlicher Vertragsbestandteile entstehen neue Widerspruechlichkeiten, die sich in einem von den Expatriates wahrgenommenen Mangel an Anerkennung fuer ihre im Ausland erbrachten Leistungen ausdruecken. Allerdings fuehrt dies in der Konsequenz nicht zu einer Kuendigung des Arbeitsverhaeltnisses, da zwar ein Vertragsbruch, jedoch keine – tiefergreifende – Verletzung des psychologischen Vertrages durch die Expatriates wahrgenommen wird. (In research on the psychological contract, it is assumed that workers’ psychological contracts are undergoing fundamental change: long-term relational contracts are being replaced by shorter transactional contracts. Using the example of expatriates, workers in highly flexible work conditions, we show that this development is not as clear-cut as assumed, but rather that the psychological contract is characterized by the co-existence of relational and transactional elements. We argue that new contradictions arise from this co-existence, which are expressed in expatriates’ perceived lack of recognition for their achievements abroad. However, as expatriates regard this as a breach but not a fundamental violation of their psychological contract, this does not lead them to terminate their working relationship.)

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Zeitschrift fuer Personalforschung - German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 313-334

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:zfpers:doi_10.1688/1862-0000_zfp_2011_04_minssen
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