Quotation Vantilborgh, Tim, Bidee, Jemima, Pepermans, Roland, Willems, Jurgen, Huybrechts, Gert, Jegers, Marc. 2014. Effects of ideological and relational psychological contract breach and fulfilment on volunteers’ work effort. European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology. 23 (2), 217-230.


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The ideological psychological contract (PC) describes perceived obligations related to an organization’s mission, values, and principles. The lack of research regarding ideological PC breach and fulfilment is surprising, as theory states that this PC type has distinct effects on outcomes. We address this gap in the literature and investigate how ideological PC breach and fulfilment influence volunteers’ work effort and whether this effect differs from relational PC breach and fulfilment. We measured promised and delivered ideological and relational inducements on two separate occasions and used polynomial regressions and response surface analyses to test our hypotheses. In the case of ideological PC fulfilment, results indicated that work effort increases in situations of mutual-low and mutual-high obligations. In the case of ideological PC breach, work effort increases in situations of under- and overfulfilment. We conclude that underfulfilment of ideological PCs differed from relational PCs, as work effort decreases in the case of the latter. Hence, our findings demonstrate the importance of considering the unique nature of ideological obligations in the PC literature.

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  • psychological contract
  • ideological psychological contract
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  • fulfilment
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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Effects of ideological and relational psychological contract breach and fulfilment on volunteers’ work effort
Volume 23
Number 2
Year 2014
Page from 217
Page to 230
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234162966_Effects_of_ideological_and_relational_psychological_contract_breach_and_fulfilment_on_volunteers'_w
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2012.740170
Open Access N

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Willems, Jurgen (Details)
External
Bidee, Jemima (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Huybrechts, Gert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Jegers, Marc (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Pepermans, Roland (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Vantilborgh, Tim (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5501 General psychology (Details)
5517 Organisational psychology (Details)
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