Organizational Change Cynicism: Does It Hinder Change Commitment?

By Nasser Sanoubar and Mehdi Forghani Bajestani.

Published by Change Management: An International Journal

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The dynamic nature of business world makes frequent major changes inevitable for organizations. Successful implementation of these changes depends heavily on the level of commitment among employees. As such, this study first explores a number of antecedents to change commitment (including three forms of organizational justice, participation in decision-making, and management support for change initiative), and then examines the moderating effect of organizational change cynicism on the relationship between these antecedents and commitment. Data were collected using a questionnaire-based survey of 334 employees from several ICT companies undergoing various changes. The results indicated cynicism fully moderates the effects of distributive and interactional justice on commitment to change and partially moderates the relationship between management support and commitment. However, the study found no support for the effects of procedural justice and participation being moderated by cynicism. Thus, taking into account the level of cynicism in organization may help to adopt the suitable approach to implementing change initiative and increase the chances of success. By exploring antecedents to change commitment and disruptive effects of cynicism, this study provides better understanding of the mechanisms to increase the possibility of successful change.

Keywords: Commitment to Change, Organizational Change Cynicism, Organizational Justice

Change Management: An International Journal, Volume 15, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.19-33. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 4, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 627.879KB)).

Dr. Nasser Sanoubar

Head of Department, Department of Management,, Faculty of Economics, Management and Business, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

I am associate professor at University of Tabriz.I started my academic career in 2001 when obtained my MBA and PhD. degree in Management from Tehran universities. I have been currently responsible for organizing two modules in postgraduate levels at the University of Tabriz in change management and strategy implementation. My research interests include strategic management; change and innovation. I have published several books, journal articles and conference papers. My latest book titled “research methods in business and management” appeared in the book market in late 2011.

Mehdi Forghani Bajestani

Research Assistant, Department of Management,Faculty of Economics, Management and Business., University of Tabriz, Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)