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Toward an understanding of a healthy organizational change process : A three-wave longitudinal study among university employees (2019)

Mäkikangas, A., Mauno, S., Selenko, E., & Kinnunen, U. (2019). Toward an understanding of a healthy organizational change process : A three-wave longitudinal study among university employees. International Journal of Stress Management, 26(2), 204-212. https://doi.org/10.1037/str0000059

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All authors or editors: Mäkikangas, Anne; Mauno, Saija; Selenko, Eva; Kinnunen, Ulla

Journal or series: International Journal of Stress Management

ISSN: 1072-5245

eISSN: 1573-3424

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 26

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 204-212

Publisher: Educational Publishing Foundation

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/str0000059

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67149


This study aimed to improve our understanding of what constitutes a healthy organizational change process among university employees. Positive attitudes and proactive participation toward organizational change were presumed to affect and be affected by personality resources measured via core self-evaluations and work-related motivational well-being (vigor). The study used 3-wave longitudinal data collected in 2 large Finnish universities during their recent process of organizational change (N = 926). Structural equation modeling was used to establish the direction of the relationships between the variables. The results showed that high levels of both core self-evaluations and vigor were associated with more favorable perceptions of organizational change: employees high in core self-evaluations and vigor were more satisfied with the changes and the information provided about the changes, and were also more likely to be actively involved in the change process. It was further found that positive attitudes to change mediated the relation between vigor and core self-evaluations: vigorous employees perceived the organizational changes more positively, which in turn strengthened their internal self-evaluations. Overall, these longitudinal results show that, among university employees, core self-evaluations and vigor are both important resource factors influencing perceptions and reactions to organizational changes. (APA PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Keywords: employees; well-being at work; stress (biological phenomena); personality traits; alertness; organisational changes; universities

Free keywords: core self-evaluations; organizational change; university employees; vigor

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Reporting Year: 2019

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