Idiosyncratic Deals between Employees and Organizations: Conceptual issues, applications and the role of co-workers, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Idiosyncratic Deals between Employees and Organizations

Conceptual issues, applications and the role of co-workers, 1st Edition

Edited by Matthijs Bal, Denise M Rousseau


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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.


"This cutting-edge collection features outstanding contributions from leading scholars, and will be important for stimulating future research and discussion."

- Uta Bindl, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

"This book, edited by two leading experts, addresses the challenges in conceptualising and applying I-Deals. Important issues in relation to justice and equity posed by the use of I-Deals are uniquely explored in this collection through a distinctive focus on co-workers. For those who want to learn more about I-Deals, this is a ‘must read’."

- David Guest, Department of Management, King’s College London, UK

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology

Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology is a series of edited books that reflect the state-of-the-art areas of current and emerging interest in the psychological study of employees, workplaces and organizations. 

Each volume is tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.

Example topics include: digital media at work, work and the family, workaholism, modern job design, positive occupational health and individualised deals.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, President of the CIPD, President of the British Academy of Management, President of RELATE, and President of the Institute of Welfare. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only a few UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology