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Pittsburg State University
Journal of Managerial Issues
This study examines the events that trigger individuals to consider the social exchanges involved in their employment relationships. Integrating social comparison and psychological contract literature streams, a parallel is drawn between system-referent comparisons and psychological contract evaluations. We hypothesize that self- and other-referent comparisons may be human triggers for engaging in this type of comparison. A variety of structural triggers are also proposed to influence psychological contract evaluations. This field study examines these primary and secondary contract makers as social comparison triggers. Results support the hypotheses that the triggers identified predict psychological contract evaluation and that psychological contract breach is correlated with these evaluations. Implications for future research and managerial practice are discussed.
O'Neill, Bonnie S.; Halbesleben, Jonathon R. B.; and Edwards, John C., "Integrating Employment Contracts and Comparisons: What One Can Teach Us about the Other" (2007). Management Faculty Research and Publications. 14.