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Following Through the Good and the Bad? Building a Positive Change Culture With Authentic Followers


Crawford, J and Young, SM and Knox, M, Following Through the Good and the Bad? Building a Positive Change Culture With Authentic Followers, Leadership and Followership in an Organizational Change Context, IGI Global, SN Khan (ed), pp. 242-271. ISBN 9781799828075 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-2807-5.ch010


Followers are underrepresented in the organizational change literature despite their considerable influence on change success. Politics, culture, motivation, communication, and readiness have a large impact on change success, and these influences are examined in the change context. Each of these are influenced by leaders and followers. The role of authentic followers in enabling positive change through their organizational engagement is explored in depth. This chapter demonstrates that while the influential role of leaders in change is established, the authentic follower represents a large body of potential change agents with the capacity to positively influence the success of change. Many behaviors of the authentic follower make them an ideal candidate for this role, including moral potency, high levels of engagement in organizational structure, and flexibility. Further research highlighting the value of the authentic follower is warranted.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:leadership, followership, authentic follower, change culture, organisational change, authentic leadership, leader
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Leadership
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Crawford, J (Dr Joseph Crawford)
UTAS Author:Young, SM (Dr Sarah Young)
UTAS Author:Knox, M (Mr Matthew Knox)
ID Code:146328
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2021-08-31
Last Modified:2021-10-13

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