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Making sense of a new employment relationship : psychological contract-related information seeking and the role of work values and locus of control

  • Ans De Vos

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  • Dirk Buyens

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  • Ren Schalk

    (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)

This paper explores the information-seeking behaviors newcomers engage in relating to their psychological contract and addresses the impact of work values (Autonomy, Advancement, Group Orientation and Economic Rewards) and Work Locus of Control. We propose that these individual characteristics could explain differences in the frequency with which newcomers search for information about the promises their employer has made to them. A two-wave longitudinal study was conducted in which 527 newcomers from eight organizations (representing 3 sectors) participated. The results largely support the proposed relationships between work values and contract-related information seeking, while the relation between Work Locus of Control and contract-related information seeking is rather weak. Implications for psychological contract formation are discussed.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:vlg:vlgwps:2003-28
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  1. Ans De Vos & Dirk Buyens & Ren Schalk, 2003. "Psychological contract development during organizational socialization: adaptation to reality and the role of reciprocity," Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School Working Paper Series 2003-14, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
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