Examining white-collar downsizing as a cause of change in the psychological contract: some UK evidence

Beaumont, P. and Harris, R. (2002) Examining white-collar downsizing as a cause of change in the psychological contract: some UK evidence. Employee Relations, 24(4), pp. 378-388. (doi:10.1108/01425450210435527)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Beaumont, Professor Phillip and Harris, Prof Richard
Authors: Beaumont, P., and Harris, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Employee Relations
ISSN:0142-5455
ISSN (Online):1758-7069

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