Psychological Contracts

by Bob MacKenzie

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Other topics

Many topics have a bearing upon psychological contracts. The following are particularly relevant:


Employment Contracts


Especially the section on Managing people’s states

Internal Communications

Managing Your Career


People are different; psychological contracts should be individually tailored


Performance Management (especially the section on People)


Managing change: the role of the psychological contract

November, 14 pages, ref 3608 CIPD (2005)

Understanding psychological contracts at work: a critical evaluation of theory and research

N Conway and R Briner (2005), Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Employee well-being and the psychological contract: a report for the CIPD

D Guest and N Conway (2004)

Research Report. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

The new work order

J Henley (2009), The Guardian Weekly, 10.4.09, pp 25-27

Management development and the psychological contract

B MacKenzie (2002), Flexible Learning Material 10-67.1, London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

This is an optional management development topic within the CIPD’s flexible learning programme, which leads to a professional management qualification. See their website below.

Psychological contracts in the workplace: understanding the ties that motivate

D M Rousseau (2004), Academy of Management Executive Vol 18, No 1, February, pp120–127

Changing the deal while keeping the people

D M Rousseau (1996), Academy of Management Executive Vol 10, No 1, February, pp50–59

Psychological contracts in organisations: understanding written and unwritten agreements

D M Rousseau (1995), NY: Sage Publications

Managing the psychological contract: using the personal deal to increase business performance

M Wellin (2007), Aldershot: Gower. Hardback, 244 pages

Generations: the history of America’s future, 1584-2069

W Strauss and N Howe (1991), Perennial, HarperCollins


CIPD research on the Psychological Contract


You can also contact the author directly: Bob MacKenzie