When Employees Strike Back: Investigating Mediating Mechanisms Between Psychological Contract Breach and Workplace Deviance

Prashant Bordia, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog, Robert L. Tang

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Abstract

In this article, psychological contract breach, revenge, and workplace deviance are brought together to identify the cognitive, affective, and motivational underpinnings of workplace deviance. On the basis of S. L. Robinson and R. J. Bennett's (1997) model of workplace deviance, the authors proposed that breach (a cognitive appraisal) and violation (an affective response) initiate revenge seeking. Motivated by revenge, employees then engage in workplace deviance. Three studies tested these ideas. All of the studies supported the hypothesized relationships. In addition, self-control was found to be a moderator of the relationship between revenge cognitions and deviant acts; the relationship was weaker for people high in self-control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1104-1117
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume93
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

Keywords

  • feelings of violation
  • psychological contract breach
  • revenge
  • self-control
  • workplace deviance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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