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Forestry Students, Employers, and the Implied Contract: Expectations and Obligations

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Recently graduated forestry majors will start their jobs with preexisting perceptions regarding the reciprocal obligations between themselves and their employers. These perceptions will form a type of implied contract between the two parties. To investigate the problems that can arise when a new employee perceives an employer to have broken that contract, we surveyed senior forestry majors (before and after they found jobs) and employers. Results indicate that agency and industry employers create significantly different expectations for their new employees. Moreover, negative outcomes related to turnover, performance, and satisfaction will result when new employees perceive that employers have not fulfilled their obligations.

Keywords: education; employment; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802-4703, 2: PhD Student School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802-4703

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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