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The psychological contract of knowledge workers


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O'Donohue, W, Sheehan, C, Hecker, R and Holland, P 2007 , 'The psychological contract of knowledge workers' , Journal of Knowledge Management, vol. 11, no. 2 , pp. 73-82 , doi: 10.1108/13673270710738924.

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Purpose: This paper explores whether the concept of psychological contracts underpinned by relational/transactional exchanges provides an adequate description of knowledge workers’ contracts.
Methodology: The research approach uses interviews with 10 scientists from within a pre-eminent Australian scientific research and development organisation, the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Findings: The research strong evidence of an ideological currency within the psychological contract for this set of knowledge workers.
Implications: The research raises questions over the role of normative occupation-specific beliefs about work, and the sharing of common currency elements by individuals in the same organization within the same occupation. The analysis lends support to calls in the literature for a reconsideration of the transactional/relational interpretative framework that underpins the psychological contract.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:O'Donohue, W and Sheehan, C and Hecker, R and Holland, P
Keywords: Keywords: psychological contract, knowledge workers, work ideology.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Knowledge Management
ISSN: 1367-3270
DOI / ID Number: 10.1108/13673270710738924
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