Models of police probationer career progression: Preconceptions of the psychological contract

Hornby Atkinson, Pat, Barrow, Corinne and Connors, Liz (2003) Models of police probationer career progression: Preconceptions of the psychological contract. Human Resource Development International, 6 (1). pp. 43-56. ISSN 1367-8868

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This paper discusses findings that suggest disparity between supervisors' and police probationers' models of expected career advancement. Probationer police officers (n=163) from a north-west constabulary and their immediate supervisors were asked to comment on their expectations of each probationer's likely hierarchical advancement within the police force. A number of variables were examined in order to establish which variables, for probationers and their supervisors, predicted expected career advancement. These data suggest disparity between the probationers' model of expected career advancement and that of their supervisors such that probationers regard educational qualifications as most likely to predict future career advancement while supervisors regard the problem-solving skills of probationers as being predictive of career advancement. Specifically it is argued that the probationers appear to operate a rational model of career advancement that is based on the recognition of human capital or 'universals' (Smith 1994) such as qualifications and overall performance at assessment. Supervisors, on the other hand, appear to value 'relational' and 'occupational' (Smith 1994) competencies for predicting career advancement of probationers under their supervision. This disparity is considered in relation to the establishment and maintenance of a coherent psychological contract (Herriot 1992).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Metadata only available from this repository. Article published in Human Resource Development International. Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis Group.
Uncontrolled Keywords: career advancement, competency, psychological contract, selection, tacit knowledge validation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 14:43
Identification Number: 10.1080/13678860110059401

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