Climate , communication and participation impacting commitment to change

S.E.A.M. Rogiest, J. Segers, Arjen van Witteloostuijn

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Through the combination of change process, context and content this paper aims to provide a deeper understanding of failure or success of organizational change. This study considers the effect of organizational climate on affective commitment to change simultaneously with quality change communication and employee participation during the change process, while controlling for perceived change impact.

The findings are based on 134 survey responses gathered through surveys in two police forces that recently underwent a merger

First, quality change communication is the only process variable that directly impacts affective commitment to change. Second, our results indicate that an involvement-oriented climate positively affects affective commitment to change, mediated through quality change communication.

First, the general understanding of the impact of climate on organizational change is very limited. Second, employee participation and quality change communication are generally studied together. We propose that both process variables each have their unique impact on attitudes towards change
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1094-1106
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • organizational change
  • procedural justice
  • employee participation
  • organizational climate
  • affective commitment to change
  • change communication


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