Does what happens abroad stay abroad? Displaced aggression and emotional regulation in expatriate psychological contracts

Faculty/Professorship: Supply Chain Management  
Author(s): Schuster, Tassilo ; Bader, Anna Katharina; Bader, Benjamin; Rousseau, Denise M.
Title of the Journal: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
ISSN: 2044-8325, 0963-1798
Publisher Information: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA : Wiley
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 95
Issue: 4
Pages: 867-888
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1111/joop.12405
The effects of psychological contract violation are the subject of considerable research. Yet, their effects in work arrangements with more than two parties are largely unknown. Multi-party work arrangements differ from traditional ones because individuals may be vulnerable to psychological contract breach and violation by more than one party, potentially directing negative emotional responses not only towards the responsible party but also displacing it to the other (innocent) party. Primary data from a two-wave survey of 221 current expatriates is used to test the effects of displaced aggression and emotion regulation in multi-party psychological contracts. We find that the negative emotions (violation experiences) associated with breach predict reduced commitment both to the perpetrating organization and the innocent party. However, this spillover effect is asymmetric and follows displaced aggregation theory: Expatriates displace their aggressive behaviour on to the host when the home organization violated the psychological contract, not the reverse.
GND Keywords: Expatriate; Emotionales Verhalten; Arbeitsverhältnis; Psychologischer Kontrakt
Keywords: displaced aggression, expatriation, organizational commitment, psychological contract
DDC Classification: 330 Economics  
650 Management & public relations  
RVK Classification: QP 305     QV 230   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 10. February 2023
Project: Open-Access-Publikationskosten 2022 - 2024