Date of Award

Fall 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


School of Accountancy

First Advisor

William Stammerjohan

Second Advisor

Rebecca J. Bennett


This study investigates breaches in the psychological employment contract during mergers and acquisitions. An employee's contract is incomplete in regards to mergers and acquisitions (M&A). In its place, psychological contracts are formed. Common psychological contracts breached in the M&A process include raises, bonuses, promotions, job responsibilities, job security, and career development. Employees who have experienced an M&A were surveyed to test the severity of various psychological contract breaches and their effect on employee performance, organizational citizenship behavior, job satisfaction, organizational deviance, and turnover using t-tests, Structural Equation Modeling, and ANOVA. The mediating effect of feelings of violation was also tested. Because psychological contract breaches may be unavoidable, the mitigating effect of justice was tested, too.