In pursuit of impact : How psychological contract research can make the work-world a better place

Johannes M. Kraak*, Samantha D. Hansen, Yannick Griep, Sudeshna Bhattacharya, Neva Bojovic, Marjo-Riitta Diehl, Kayla Evans, Jesse Fenneman, Iqra Ishaque Memon, Marion Fortin, Annica Lau, Hugh Lee, Junghyun Lee, Xander Lub, Ines Meyer, Marc Ohana, Pascale Peters, Denise M. Rousseau, René Schalk, Rosalind H. SearleUltan Sherman, Amanuel Tekleab

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


This paper is the result of the collective work undertaken by a group of Psychological Contract (PC) and Sustainability scholars from around the world, following the 2023 Bi-Annual PC Small Group Conference (Kedge Business School, Bordeaux, France). As part of the conference, scholars engaged in a workshop designed to generate expert guidance on how to aid the PC field to be better aligned with the needs of practice, and thus, impact the creation and maintenance of high-quality and sustainable exchange processes at work. In accordance with accreditation bodies for higher education, research impact is not limited to academic papers alone but also includes practitioners, policymakers, and students in its scope. This paper therefore incorporates elements from an impact measurement tool for higher education in management so as to explore how PC scholars can bolster the beneficial influence of PC knowledge on employment relationships through different stakeholders and means. Accordingly, our proposals for the pursuit of PC impact are organized in three parts: (1) research, (2) practice and society, and (3) students. Further, this paper contributes to the emerging debate on sustainable PCs by developing a construct definition and integrating PCs with an ‘ethics of care’ perspective.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • high-quality exchange
  • psychological contract
  • research impact
  • sustainability
  • sustainable employment
  • work


Dive into the research topics of 'In pursuit of impact : How psychological contract research can make the work-world a better place'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this