Psychology at the workplace (Comparative Analysis)
Due date: 01-May-2016
Return date: 24-May-2016
Length: 2000 words (+/-5%) excluding references
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The psychological contract is a complex phenomenon. Psychological contracts are different from legal contracts especially in regards to the procedures followed in the event of breach of contract. Breach of a legal contract allows the aggrieved party to seek enforcement in court of law. A breach of a psychological contract, however, offers no such recourse, and the aggrieved party may choose only to withhold transactional or relational contributions made to the employer or organisation (Spindler, 1994).
Using the Organisational Behaviour theories and concepts you have studied, critically analyse and discuss the meaning of psychological contract breach and its effects employees, in particular on employee attitudes and behavioural job outcomes, such as, job satisfaction, intention to quit, organizational support, motivation, organizational citizenship behaviour and employees' job performance. Then consider the implications of your findings from the perspectives of both employees and their employing organisations.
This assignment requires knowledge and understanding of the OB theory and concepts. In addressing this question you need to critically examine the ideas presented within the theories, and consider how they help you to make sense of the issue. The aim of this assignment is not to merely summarise theories as discussed within the text book, but to critically examine them in terms of their relevance and assistance.
Your discussion should include appropriate academic references, such as academic journal articles, which you should make a wide use of, to develop and support your arguments.
1. Critically discuss the meaning of psychological contract breach and its effects on employees (8 marks - see marking guide below - Information/ 4 marks; Critique/ 4 marks).
2. Critically analyse its effects on employees, in particular upon employee attitudes and job outcomes (8 marks - see marking guide below - Information/ 4 marks; Critique/ 4 marks).
3. Critically discuss the implications of the findings for the lives and choices of employees and for their employing organisations (6 marks).
4. Use correct written expression (4 marks).
5. Use academic writing style and referencing (APA6) (4 marks).
Assignment 3 Workplace Issue Analysis: Breach of Psychological Contract – 30% of Final Mark
NAME: MARK: /30
75 – 84%
65 – 74%
50 – 64%
RELEVANCE & DEPTH
MARK: / 8
Highly proficient and evidence of rigorous use of a wide range of relevant peer-reviewed research.
All key issues expertly canvassed
Scholarly use of a wide range of relevant peer-reviewed research. Most key issues identified
Used an adequate range of relevant peer-reviewed research. An acceptable number of key issues identified Limited use of relevant peer-reviewed research. Some key issues identified
Insufficient or unacceptable range of relevant peer-reviewed research consulted.
Few or no key issues identified
ARGUMENT – EVIDENCE, EVALUATION
MARK: / 8
Logical argument developed in a scholarly fashion supported by critical evaluation of evidence. Considers alternative interpretations, limitations, and significance of context. Conclusion draws argument together in and coherent and scholarly manner.
Logically developed argument clearly supported by evaluation of evidence.
Logically developed argument supported by evidence.
Argument is not well developed and supported.
Argument, if evidenced, not developed or supported
Substandard, or no merit to conclusion
MARK: / 6
Considered evaluation of the implications of relevant theories and research evidence for the lives and choices of workers and for their employing organisations, including importance of contexts. Shows deep critical reflection of and engagement with subject material
Evaluates the implications of relevant theories and research evidence for the lives and choices of workers and for their employing organisations. Shows detailed critical reflection of and engagement with subject material. Considers the implications of relevant theories and research evidence for the lives and choices of workers and for their employing organisations. Critical analysis is evident, drawing on relevant subject material
Some consideration of the implications of some theories and research evidence for the lives and choices of workers and for their employing organisations.
Critical analysis attempted with some degree of competence
Little consideration of implications of theories and research evidence to the lives and choices of workers and for their employing organisations. Critical analysis below standard or not evident
MARK: / 4
Excellence demonstrated in the use of language, spelling, grammar, syntax and semantics; well-structured organization, with good flow. Well-proofed copy. Competent use of language, spelling, grammar, syntax and semantics; good organisation and flow. Skilful use of language, spelling, grammar, syntax and semantics; adequate organisation and flow. Acceptable use of language, spelling, grammar, syntax and semantics; some degree of organisation and flow. Quotations used frequently Substandard use of language, spelling, grammar, syntax and semantics; poor organisation and flow; revisions needed. Remediation required
MARK: / 4
Superior skill demonstrated in use of correct referencing style
Proficient in paraphrasing key comments and sparing use of direct quotations.
Essay expertly presented in accordance with a high standard of scholarship
Skill demonstrated in use of correct referencing style. Paraphrased key comments and used direct quotations very sparingly
Presentation set out with a notable standard of scholarship
Reasonable skill in use of correct referencing style. Direct quotations used sparingly.
Presentation set out with an acceptable standard of scholarship
Some inaccuracies in use of correct referencing style. . Quotations used frequently.
Presentation set out with some evidence of scholarship
Referencing is either insufficient or has significant inaccuracies
Quotations over-used and/or used when irrelevant
Presentation inadequate with little regard for standards of scholarship
The assignment should be in the form of an academic essay. Use a concise title that reflects the key issues. Use appropriate subheadings to organise the material. These will help the reader understand the development of the logic of your argument. By scanning just the subheadings, the reader should be able to gain an understanding of the key issues in you argument.
The essay should begin with an Introduction that orientates the reader towards how you are going to approach the material that you intend to cover. It provides a brief overview of the key questions, the logical progression of you argument, and you main conclusion/s.
The Discussion section should integrate your research and ideas into key arguments.
The Conclusion should comment on the significance of your argument/s in relation to the key issue/s and consider the implication/s for practice.
Use an academic style of writing and correct APA6 referencing. Include a Reference section at the end (not included in the word count).