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

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard Harris


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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.

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Author(s): Harris RID; Beaumont PB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Employee Relations

Year: 2003

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 378-388

ISSN (print): 0142-5455

ISSN (electronic): 1758-7069

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1108/01425450210435527


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