Antecedents of Employee Readiness for Change: Mediating Effect of Commitment to Change

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

1 Institute of Management, Christ University, Bangalore, India

2 Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

3 School of Management, BML Munjal University, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Abstract

The study attempted to look at the influence of individual factors (creative behavior and practical intelligence), process factors (participation in decision making and quality of communication) and context factors (trust in management and history of change) on employee readiness for change to transformational changes. Commitment to change and its three dimensions- affective, continuance and normative were hypothesized to act as a mediator in the present study. The data was collected through a survey using self-reported questionnaire and by judgment sampling. The data was collected from large sized organizations in manufacturing and IT sector, which were undergoing transformational changes and the total sample size for the study was 305. To understand the mediation effect of commitment to change dimensions, mediated regression analysis was carried out. Among the three dimensions of commitment to change, affective commitment to change alone was found to have a partial mediation effect. Thus, focusing on the employees’ emotional attachment to the change could be one way for increasing employees’ readiness for change. The study also provides insight into the construct commitment to change in the Indian context.

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