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Idiosyncratic Deals between Employees and Organizations
Conceptual issues, applications and the role of co-workers

ISBN 9781848724457
Published September 30, 2015 by Routledge
140 Pages

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Book Description

Idiosyncratic deals, or i-deals, are the individualised working arrangements negotiated by employees with the organizations for which they work. Such deals represent an emerging area of study into the effects they have on both parties, as well as co-workers and the wider working world. Do i-deals signify a further breakdown of collectivism within the workplace, or should they be seen as empowering to those employees able to find themselves the best deal? Is the growth of i-deals an inevitable response to the need for more flexible working relationships, or do they erode concepts of equality and fairness?

In this important new collection, i-deals are discussed from a comprehensive range of viewpoints. The book examines how i-deals alter the psychological relationship between employee and employer, as well as the notion of career development in an aging and technologically literate workforce. The issue of group relationships is also discussed, in relation to leadership theories, organizational justice and perceived fairness. Finally, the impact on organizational and individual effectiveness is assessed. Are i-deals a good thing for employers looking to maximise productivity within an organization? Do employees work more effectively and efficiently as a consequence of i-deals?

Very much a hot topic, this volume represents a key contribution in the area of i-deals from the most active researchers in the field. It will be important reading for all students of work and organizational psychology, human resource management and business management.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Idiosyncratic Deals between Employees and Organizations: Conceptual Issues, Applications, and the Role of Coworkers
P. Matthijs Bal and Denise M. Rousseau

Chapter 2: Individualization of Work Arrangements: A Contextualized Perspective on the Rise and Use of I-deals
P. Matthijs Bal and Xander D. Lub

Chapter 3: I-deals in Damaged Relationships
Sylvie Guerrero and Kathleen Bentein

Chapter 4: Not so I-Deal: A Critical Review of Idiosyncratic-Deals Theory and Research
Neil Conway and Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro

Chapter 5: An I-deal Career. On the Relationship between I-deals and Career Development
Aukje Nauta and Cristel van de Ven

Chapter 6: A Strategic HRM Perspective on I-deals
Brigitte Kroon, Charissa Freese and René Schalk

Chapter 7: Idiosyncratic Deals in the Context of Workgroups
Smriti Anand and Prajya Vidyarthi

Chapter 8: Equity versus need: how do co-workers judge the distributive fairness of i-deals?
Elise Marescaux and Sophie De Winne

Chapter 9: The Future of I-deal Research: An Agenda
P. Matthijs Bal and Denise M. Rousseau

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Matthijs Bal is Reader at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK.

Denise M. Rousseau is H. J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.