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The relationship between workers and firms are changing worldwide. Nowhere is this more evident than in the psychological contracts of employment. This book combines the cross-national perspectives of organizational scholars from thirteen countries to examine how societies differ in the nature of psychological contracts in employment and how global business initiatives are bridging these differences. The contributors include social scientists with deep knowledge of the particular societies they describe, and whose personal scholarship involves psychological contract phenomena locally as well as abroad. Readers of Denise Rousseau's award winning book, Psychological Contract in Organizations (Sage 1995) will welcome the extension of this ground-breaking work into the global arena.

Psychological Contracts in the Netherlands: Dualism, Flexibility, and Security
Psychological contracts in the netherlands: Dualism, flexibility, and security

Negotiating is reaching compromises.

Dutch Saying

Psychological contracts in the Netherlands can be described as “dual” in nature. The country places a premium on employees’ freedom of choice but also strongly values security and stability in the workplace. Finding a balance between flexibility and security is the core issue in psychological contracting in the Netherlands today. The use of temporary and flexible work arrangements is increasing and becoming more accepted by Dutch society, and the promise of lifelong employment is decreasing.

Dual messages are sent to employees with respect to the need for flexibility and the provision of job security. The case of the Unilever corporation provides an example of this. ...

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