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René Schalk & Joseph Soeters

In: The Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research

Chapter 7: Psychological Contracts around the Globe: Cultural Agreements and Disagreements

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Psychological Contracts around the Globe: Cultural Agreements and Disagreements
Psychological contracts around the globe: Cultural agreements and disagreements
RenéSchalk, JosephSoeters

Wandering the world, one encounters the unknown, everything is other, yet all is one's own. 1

Contracts formalize exchange relations in a society. Written and unwritten agreements regulate exchanges that are made between different parties. These parties can be many: Individual employees on the one hand, work organizations and institutions such as unions and governments on the other. Perceptions of the contract, the context in which the contract is embedded, and norms related to how the contract should be evaluated all have more weight than the characteristics of the formalized contract. Perceptions of contracts, among both employers and employees, are generally labeled psychological contracts.

The term psychological contract emerged ...

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