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Business ideologies and perceived breach of contract during downsizing: the role of the ideology of employee self-reliance


Edwards, John C; Rust, Kathleen G; McKinley, William; Moon, Gyewan (2002). Business ideologies and perceived breach of contract during downsizing: the role of the ideology of employee self-reliance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24(1):1-23.

Abstract

This paper represents an initial effort to explore the empirical relationship between business ideologies and perceptions of organizational downsizing. The results of four studies, two conducted in the US and one each in Singapore and Korea, suggest that respondents' belief in the ideology of employee self‐reliance reduces the degree to which they perceive layoffs as a breach of the psychological contract. This finding appears to generalize to respondents' perceptions of their own layoffs and also to respondents' perceptions of layoffs happening to others. We spell out the implications of these results for the evolving theory of the ideological foundations of perceptions of downsizing.

Abstract

This paper represents an initial effort to explore the empirical relationship between business ideologies and perceptions of organizational downsizing. The results of four studies, two conducted in the US and one each in Singapore and Korea, suggest that respondents' belief in the ideology of employee self‐reliance reduces the degree to which they perceive layoffs as a breach of the psychological contract. This finding appears to generalize to respondents' perceptions of their own layoffs and also to respondents' perceptions of layoffs happening to others. We spell out the implications of these results for the evolving theory of the ideological foundations of perceptions of downsizing.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Applied Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Language:English
Date:12 December 2002
Deposited On:28 Aug 2019 13:36
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 03:35
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0894-3796
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/job.177
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9915

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