Comparative analysis of psychological contracts of pre- and post-industrialization information technology hires
This quantitative survey research study analyzed psychological contracts of information technology (IT) personnel using the Psychological Contract Inventory (PCI) survey instrument (Rousseau, 2000). The purpose of the current study was to compare psychological contracts of pre- and post-industrialization IT hires. Statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) were found in 7 out of the 18 pairs of aggregate PCI scores compared in the current study. Post-industrialization IT hires scored significantly higher than pre-industrialization IT recruits did for Career Development External Market, Loyalty, and Narrow employer obligation scores as well as Narrow employee obligation scores. Post-industrialization IT hires scored significantly lower than pre-industrialization IT recruits did for Erosion, Uncertainty, and No Trust employer obligation scores.
0624: Occupational psychology
0629: Labor relations