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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26764
Title:
The impact of organizational change on the perceptions of UK managers
Authors:
Worrall, Les; Parkes, Carole; Cooper, Cary L.
Abstract:
Redundancy, delayering, downsizing, and various other forms of organizational change have become increasingly prevalent. This article focuses on the impact of different forms of organizational change on managers' perceptions of the organizations they work within and the comparison between changes that involve redundancy and/or delayering and those that do not involve such changes. The literature has many accounts of the negative effects associated with redundancy and delayering, but are these effects unique to these types of change or are they a consequence of negative experiences of a range of organizational changes? Hypotheses were tested to assess, first, whether there are differences between different levels of management, notably between directors and nondirectors in the way they perceive organizational change, second, to assess how change has affected managers' perceptions of their organizations and their working lives, and third, to explore if different forms of change are associated with differences in managers' perceptions of their organizations “as a place to work”. Hypotheses were tested with data from a cross-sectional survey with 830 managers from the UK. Organizational changes include cost reduction and culture change programmes, delayering, mergers/demergers, outsourcing, redundancy programmes, and contract/ temporary workers. The analyses reported here indicate clearly that specific forms of change are associated with managers' reports of their experiences at work; some forms of change (notably redundancy and delayering) seem to have particularly damaging implications for managers' experiences in the workplace. The analyses also show that there is a difference in the way directors and nondirectors perceive the changes. Finally, the article considers strategies for ameliorating the effects of change including the role of HR.
Citation:
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 13(2): 139-163
Publisher:
Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis)
Journal:
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26764
DOI:
10.1080/13594320444000047
Additional Links:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/13594320444000047
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1359432X; 14640643
Appears in Collections:
Management Research Centre

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dc.contributor.authorWorrall, Les-
dc.contributor.authorParkes, Carole-
dc.contributor.authorCooper, Cary L.-
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-19T14:31:07Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-19T14:31:07Z-
dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 13(2): 139-163en
dc.identifier.issn1359432X-
dc.identifier.issn14640643-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13594320444000047-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/26764-
dc.description.abstractRedundancy, delayering, downsizing, and various other forms of organizational change have become increasingly prevalent. This article focuses on the impact of different forms of organizational change on managers' perceptions of the organizations they work within and the comparison between changes that involve redundancy and/or delayering and those that do not involve such changes. The literature has many accounts of the negative effects associated with redundancy and delayering, but are these effects unique to these types of change or are they a consequence of negative experiences of a range of organizational changes? Hypotheses were tested to assess, first, whether there are differences between different levels of management, notably between directors and nondirectors in the way they perceive organizational change, second, to assess how change has affected managers' perceptions of their organizations and their working lives, and third, to explore if different forms of change are associated with differences in managers' perceptions of their organizations “as a place to work”. Hypotheses were tested with data from a cross-sectional survey with 830 managers from the UK. Organizational changes include cost reduction and culture change programmes, delayering, mergers/demergers, outsourcing, redundancy programmes, and contract/ temporary workers. The analyses reported here indicate clearly that specific forms of change are associated with managers' reports of their experiences at work; some forms of change (notably redundancy and delayering) seem to have particularly damaging implications for managers' experiences in the workplace. The analyses also show that there is a difference in the way directors and nondirectors perceive the changes. Finally, the article considers strategies for ameliorating the effects of change including the role of HR.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPsychology Press (Taylor & Francis)en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/13594320444000047en
dc.subjectOffice and workplaceen
dc.subjectOrganisational psychologyen
dc.subjectOrganisational changeen
dc.subjectRedundancyen
dc.subjectUKen
dc.subjectDelayering-
dc.subjectManagers-
dc.titleThe impact of organizational change on the perceptions of UK managersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychologyen
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