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The psychological contract in the public sector: a comparative study of the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National College of Ireland.

Ledwidge, Dorothy (2004) The psychological contract in the public sector: a comparative study of the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National College of Ireland. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The significance of the psychological contract has gained momentum in recent years due to the exceptionally turbulent nature of the business environment and the demise of the job for life culture. Commentators have suggested that the traditional psychological contract of long-term job security in return for hard work and loyalty has come under immense pressure. Consequently a new contract is said to have come into effect between employers and their employees, which will, according to Robertson and Cooper (200 1 :38 1) have 'wide-ranging implications for... the psychological well-being' of all members of an organisation.

The purpose of the study is to explore the nature and content of the contemporary psychological contract within Irish public third-level colleges. The sample was drawn from two public sector colleges: The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and The National College of Ireland (NCI). The six participants completed in-depth interviews, which contained a range of issues relating to the psychological contract.

The research findings suggest that the new psychological contract, as summarised by Robertson and Cooper (2001), is indeed in force within the Irish public third-level education sector. The research concludes with a summary of the revised terms and conditions of that contract within DIT and NCI. Future areas for research are also considered in the final chapters.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Industrial Psychology > The Psychological Contract
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 10:03
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 12:51
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/176

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