Employees' reactions to psychological contract breach: A moderated mediation analysis

Yau De Wang, Hui Hsien Hsieh

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This study examined the mediating role of acquiescent silence in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee job satisfaction, as well as the moderating roles of perceived ethical climate on that relationship and on the mediation effect of acquiescent silence. Survey data were collected from a sample of 273 full-time employees from nine high-tech firms in Taiwan. The results showed that acquiescent silence partially mediated the relationship between psychological contract breach and job satisfaction. Moreover, the results from the moderation analysis showed that perceived ethical climate moderated the influence of psychological contract breach on acquiescent silence and the results from the moderated mediation analysis revealed that this mediation of acquiescent silence was moderated by perceived ethical climate such that at the lower level of perceived ethical climate, the mediation effect of acquiescent silence became stronger. Implications for managerial practices and suggestions for future research were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug



  • Acquiescent silence
  • Job satisfaction
  • Perceived ethical climate
  • Psychological contract breach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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