Title

Psychological contract breach and counterproductive workplace behaviors : testing moderating effect of attribution style and power distance

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Publication Date

2-1-2011

Volume

22

Issue

4

First Page

763

Last Page

777

Keywords

Attribution style, Counterproductive workplace behavior, Power distance, Psychological contract

Abstract

In this study, we examined the relationship between psychological contract breach (PCB) and counterproductive workplace behaviors (CWBs). We also explored two personal factors, namely casual attribution styles and power distance, in moderating the PCB-CWB linkage. One hundred and thirty-one full-time Chinese employees in Macao were recruited. Results showed that PCB was positively correlated with CWB. Furthermore, this relationship was moderated by external attribution style and power distance. In particular, employees who attributed the contract breach more to disruption and endorsed higher on power distance tended to report lower CWB. Limitation and implication are discussed.

DOI

10.1080/09585192.2011.555122

Print ISSN

09585192

E-ISSN

14464399

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Recommended Citation

Chao, J. M. C., Cheung, F. Y. L., & Wu, A. M. S. (2011). Psychological contract breach and counterproductive workplace behaviors: Testing moderating effect of attribution style and power distance. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(4), 763-777. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2011.555122