Employees' reactions to psychological contract breach: A moderated mediation analysis

Yau-De Wang, Hui-Hsien Hsieh

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Abstract

This study examined the mediating role of acquiescent silence in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee job satisfaction, as well as the moderating roles of perceived ethical climate on that relationship and on the mediation effect of acquiescent silence. Survey data were collected from a sample of 273 full-time employees from nine high-tech firms in Taiwan. The results showed that acquiescent silence partially mediated the relationship between psychological contract breach and job satisfaction. Moreover, the results from the moderation analysis showed that perceived ethical climate moderated the influence of psychological contract breach on acquiescent silence and the results from the moderated mediation analysis revealed that this mediation of acquiescent silence was moderated by perceived ethical climate such that at the lower level of perceived ethical climate, the mediation effect of acquiescent silence became stronger. Implications for managerial practices and suggestions for future research were discussed. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume85
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Psychological contract breach; Job satisfaction; Acquiescent silence; Perceived ethical climate
  • COMMON METHOD VARIANCE; JOB-SATISFACTION; ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT; ETHICAL CLIMATE; SILENCE; VOICE; METAANALYSIS; DEVIANCE; JUSTICE; MODEL

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