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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4737; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124737

Investigating the Role of Psychological Contract Breach, Political Skill and Work Ethic on Perceived Politics and Job Attitudes Relationships: A Case of Higher Education in Pakistan

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Department of Human Resource Management, School of Management, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang 212013, China
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Department of Marketing, School of Management, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang 212013, China
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Department of Statistics, School of Applied Science and Technology, Technical University, Tamale, P.O. Box 3 E/R, Ghana
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Received: 24 November 2018 / Revised: 6 December 2018 / Accepted: 7 December 2018 / Published: 12 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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This study aims to investigate how a Psychological contract breach can mediate the relationship between perceptions of organizational politics and job attitudes and how political skill and work ethic can influence the negative association between perceptions of organizational politics and job attitudes. A systematic sampling method was used with a sampling size of 310 faculty members of public sector universities of Pakistan. Data were analyzed by using partial least squares structural equations modeling PLS-SEM to test the hypotheses by Smart PLS software. The findings revealed that the perception of politics is significantly and negatively related to job attitudes and indirectly through psychological contract breach. Moreover, the results indicated a significant moderating effect of work ethic on the relationship between the perception of politics and job attitudes. However, political skill did not moderate the relationship between perceptions of organizational politics and job attitudes. Moreover, research implications and limitations are elucidated. View Full-Text
Keywords: perception of organizational politics (POP); job attitudes; job satisfaction (JS) and organizational commitment (OC); Psychological contract breach (PCB); political skill (PS); work ethic (WE) perception of organizational politics (POP); job attitudes; job satisfaction (JS) and organizational commitment (OC); Psychological contract breach (PCB); political skill (PS); work ethic (WE)
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Khan, H.S.; Zhiqiang, M.; Abubakari Sadick, M.; Ibn Musah, A.-A. Investigating the Role of Psychological Contract Breach, Political Skill and Work Ethic on Perceived Politics and Job Attitudes Relationships: A Case of Higher Education in Pakistan. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4737.

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