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Social Exchange Concept As A Methodological Framework For Employment Relations Analysis

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  • Azer Efendiev


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Anna Gogoleva


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Evgeniya Balabanova


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

The goal of the paper is to suggest the methodological framework of social exchange for analysis of employment relations. Our literature review revealed confusion concerning the definition of social exchange in the context of labor processes and employee-organization relations. The latter are complex and imply all elements of reciprocal and negotiated exchange as well as economic and social forms of exchange. We focus on rules and means of exchange as well as power-dependence relations during the work process. The concept of “psychological contracts” that embodies the social exchange approach in empirical studies is also under consideration. Methodological limitations of current concepts and measures based on exchange methodology are discussed. The authors argue that deepening and specification of key parameters of social exchange approach could be very analytically productive in sociological research of employment relations seen as employee-employer mutual obligations.

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 18/MAN/2014.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2014
Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Management / MAN, March 2014, pages 1-22
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:18man2014
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  1. Thomas Zagenczyk & Ray Gibney & W. Few & Kristin Scott, 2011. "Psychological Contracts and Organizational Identification: The Mediating Effect of Perceived Organizational Support," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 32(3), pages 254-281, September.
  2. Tekleab, Amanuel G. & Chiaburu, Dan S., 2011. "Social exchange: Empirical examination of form and focus," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 64(5), pages 460-466, May.
  3. Shore, Lynn M. & Coyle-Shapiro, Jacqueline A-M. & Chen, Xiao-Ping & Tetrick, Lois E., 2009. "Social Exchange in Work Settings: Content, Process, and Mixed Models," Management and Organization Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 5(03), pages 289-302, November.
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