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The role of psychological climate in facilitating employee adjustment during organizational change


Martin, A and Jones, E and Callan, V, The role of psychological climate in facilitating employee adjustment during organizational change, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 14, (3) pp. 263-289. ISSN 1359-432X (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13594320500141228


The current research tested a theoretical model of employee adjustment during organizational change based on Lazarus and Folkman’s (1984) cognitivephenomenological framework. The model hypothesized that psychological climate variables would act as coping resources and predict improved adjustment during change. Two variations of this model were tested using survey data from two different organizational samples: 779 public hospital employees and 877 public sector employees. Confirmatory factor analyses and structural equation analyses were conducted in order to evaluate the models. Results showed that employees whose perceptions of the organization and environment in which they were working (that is, psychological climate) were more positive, were more likely to appraise change favourably and report better adjustment in terms of higher job satisfaction, psychological well-being, and organizational commitment, and lower absenteeism and turnover intentions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:36521
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:93
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05
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