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The relationship between psychological contract breach and organizational commitment: exchange imbalance as a moderator of the mediating role of violation

Cassar, V. and Briner, Rob B. (2011) The relationship between psychological contract breach and organizational commitment: exchange imbalance as a moderator of the mediating role of violation. Journal of Vocational Behavior 78 (2), pp. 283-289. ISSN 0001-8791.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2010.09.007

Abstract

This study tested the mediating role of violation in the relationship between breach and both affective and continuance commitment and the extent to which this mediating role is moderated by exchange imbalance amongst a sample of 103 sales personnel. Results suggest that violation mediated the relationship between breach and commitment. Also, results suggest that perceived exchange imbalance moderates this mediating pathway: Low exchange imbalance increases the mediating role of violation in the case of affective commitment. On the other hand, exchange imbalance failed to moderate the mediating influence of violation in the case of continuance commitment. Results are discussed in view of the importance of a) including both measures of violation and breach in future studies and b) the role of social exchange in explaining psychological contract violation. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Psychological contract, violation, breach, organizational commitment, social exchange, exchange imbalance, moderated mediation
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 10:30
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3589

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