n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Psychological contracts and employment equity practices : a comparative study

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



Organisations in South Africa are facing numerous challenges related to the implementation of employment equity strategies. While compliance with the relevant legislation is imperative, the successful implementation of employment equity initiatives hinges on the organisation's ability to change the expectations of employees affected by employment equity initiatives, without negatively impacting on aspects of the employment relationship such as the psychological contract. The purpose of this exploratory study is to assess the extent to which the perceived influence of employment equity practices is related to the psychological contract and intention to leave in a sample of black and white male managers. A structured questionnaire comprising standardised scales was used to explore the relationship between types of psychological contract, intention to leave, and the perceived influence of employment equity practices. A sample of 55 respondents from a financial-services organisation participated in the study. A number of statistically significant relationships between the research variables were evident for each of the two groups of respondents. This study makes an initial contribution to an area potentially rich in research opportunities, with subsequent meaningful practical implications for managers implementing employment equity strategies.

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