Examining White-collar Downsizing as a Cause of Change in the Psychological Contract: Some UK Evidence

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Author(s)Harris RID; Beaumont PB
Publication type Article
JournalEmployee Relations
ISSN (print)0142-5455
ISSN (electronic)1758-7069
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The “old” psychological contract, with its emphasis on employment security, has been held to have been violated because of extensive downsizing among white-collar employees from the late 1980s and early 1990s. This proposition is tested here using multivariate analysis based on a large-scale, nationally representative dataset for five leading industries in the UK manufacturing sector for the years 1978-1995. The results obtained provide little real support for this hypothesis, thus casting doubt on its role in having produced a major change in the psychological contract.
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
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