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The Dynamics of Psychological Contracts Formation between Top Managers of Russian Companies

Student: Elena Musich

Supervisor: Evgenia S. Balabanova

Faculty: Graduate School of Business

Educational Programme: Human Resource Management (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2016

Psychological contracts (PC) are dynamic but few studies explore this phenomenon. This research aims to study the conditions and factors affecting the PC change of a particular social group – top-managers. This object was selected due to the need developing new practical methods for the detection of motivation and factors that influence top-managers’ behavior within organizations. Employing qualitative interviews we identified the main origins of PC formation, the conditions affecting their violation, and determined a hierarchy of top-managers’ expectations. Top managers form the "core" model of career and stick to it in the process of PC formation and development. In our opinion, the results of this study can serve as a tool for analyzing top- managers’ career development directions.

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