Psychological Contract Breach and Turnover Intention: The Intermediary Role of Job Satisfaction


Compared with previous studies, this article, from a dynamic perspective, considers the graduates’ expectations for corporate responsibility (CR) and employee responsibility (ER) as virtual psychological contract (PC), and deems the differences between responsibility expectation (RE) and responsibility fulfillment (RF) as psychological contract breach (PCB), for exploring empirically the differences in graduates’ perception about PC before and after entering into the workplace, and discussing thoroughly the influence path that PCB acts on job satisfaction (JS) and turnover intention (TI). The results manifest that there are some prominent discrepancies in the cognition about PC, which maybe directly induce graduates’ quit. In addition, under the intermediary role of JS, various dimensions of PCB have totally different impacts on TI.

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Xie, X. , Liu, H. and Deng, H. (2015) Psychological Contract Breach and Turnover Intention: The Intermediary Role of Job Satisfaction. Open Journal of Business and Management, 3, 371-379. doi: 10.4236/ojbm.2015.34036.

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