Psychological processes linking organizational commitment and change-supportive intentions

Autor(en): Straatmann, Tammo
Nolte, Janna K.
Seggewiss, Britta J.
Stichwörter: ANTECEDENTS; Business & Economics; Change readiness; Change-supportive intentions; Commitment; CONSEQUENCES; CONTINUANCE; EMPIRICAL-TEST; EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT; Industrial Relations & Labor; Management; MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE; NORMATIVE COMMITMENT; Organizational change; PLANNED BEHAVIOR; Psychology; Psychology, Applied; Quantitative; READINESS; RESISTANCE; Theory of planned behaviour
Erscheinungsdatum: 2018
Herausgeber: EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD
Journal: PERSONNEL REVIEW
Volumen: 47
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 403
Seitenende: 424
Zusammenfassung: 
Purpose With employees' support of organizational changes being vital for today's organizations, the purpose of this paper is to enhance the understanding of how organizational commitment is linked to change-supportive intentions. Based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB, Ajzen, 1991), mediated effects of affective organizational commitment were empirically tested to explore the underlying psychological processes. Design/methodology/approach The study was conducted in the context of a complex change process at a production facility of a large international manufacturing company (n=667). Data from the change survey were analyzed employing Hayes' (2012) PROCESS macro. Findings The results showed that organizational commitment relates to change-supportive intentions directly and, as suggested by the TPB, its effects are mediated via change-related attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control. Furthermore, results suggest additional effects of change recipients' age and occupational status. Practical implications Employing the TPB offers specific insights for tailored interventions to create conditions facilitating organizational changes. The results indicate that commitment lays the ground for employees' change reactions. Moreover, the psychological processes suggested by the TPB serve as additional levers for explaining change-supportive intentions. Originality/value The study provides valuable information on the relationship between commitment and change-supportive intentions. Specifically, affective organizational commitment is shown to be an important resource in times of change, as it relates to more positive psychological reactions to change.
ISSN: 00483486
DOI: 10.1108/PR-09-2016-0230

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