Assessment item 3 Psychology at Workplace (Comparative Analysis)

Lillian Vargas

Assessment item 3
Psychology at Workplace (Comparative Analysis)
Value: 30%
Due date: 15-May-2015
Return date: 05-Jun-2015
Length: 1500 (+/-5%) excluding references
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Task
The psychological contract is a complex phenomenon. Psychological contracts hold opposing views from legal contracts on procedures followed in the event of breach of contract. Breach of a legal contract allows the aggrieved party to seek enforcement in court of law. Breach of a psychological contract, however, offers no such recourse, and the aggrieved party may choose only to withhold transactional or relational contributions made to the employer or organisation (Spindler 1994).
Using Organisational Behaviour theories and concepts you have studied, examine the effects of psychological contract breach on employee attitude and behavioural job outcomes such as job satisfaction, intention to quit, organizational support, motivation, organizational citizenship behaviour and employees’ job performance.

Rationale
This assignment requires knowledge and understanding of the OB theory and concepts .In addressing this question you need to critically examine the ideas presented within the theories, and consider how they help you to make sense of the issue. The aim of this assignment is not to merely summarise theories as discussed within the text book, but to examine them in terms of their relevance and assistance.
Your discussion should include appropriate academic references, such as academic journal articles; which should be used to develop and support your point of view.

Marking criteria
1. be able to discuss clearly the meaning of psychological contract breach(5 marks)
2. be able to discuss in general the effects of psychological contract breach(5 marks)
3. critically analyse the effects relating to employee attitude and job outcomes(10 marks)
4. demonstration of appropriate research and referencing (7 marks)
5. essay written in an appropriate style and format (3 marks)

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