Factor Influence Organisational Change

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The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at www.emeraldinsight.com/0953-4814.htm Factors influencing organizational change efforts An integrative investigation of change content, context, process and individual differences H. Jack Walker, Achilles A. Armenakis and Jeremy B. Bernerth Department of Management, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the integrative influence of content, context, process, and individual differences on organizational change efforts. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from employees involved in a recent de-merger. Using structural equation modeling, a hypothesized model that integrated individual…show more content…
We suggest that, change efforts are influenced by content, contextual, and process issues as well as the individual differences that exist among the change targets. Identifying the nature in which these factors interact will add to the understanding of employee responses to change and ultimately, aid management in accomplishing one of the most important goals of any change effort, ensuring employee commitment to change. Factors influencing organizational change success Content issues Content issues refer to the change being implemented and are specific to each organization. Typically, these changes are described as either fundamental or incremental change, although researchers often use slightly different wording. Fundamental change often occurs in an attempt to meet environmental demands such as increased competition or new government regulations. Reger et al. (1994, p. 32) describe fundamental change as “actions that alter the very character of the organization.” Incremental change, on the other hand, is often a step-by-step movement toward an organizational ideal. Management may attempt to fine-tune or adjust current operations to meet future goals. Similar to fundamental and incremental change, organizational content issues have also been characterized by episodic or continuous change. Episodic change is infrequent and intentional. Typically, management introduces change in an attempt to correct the misalignment between the current state of operations and the
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