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Predictors of cynicism toward change in the public sector: information about change, involvement in change and trust in senior management

Albrecht, Simon L and Wilson-Evered, Elisabeth (2006) Predictors of cynicism toward change in the public sector: information about change, involvement in change and trust in senior management. In: Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Conference of the APS and NZPsS. Katsikitis, Mary, ed. Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 11-15.

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As the public sector continues to go through transformational change, it is important to identify organizational factors that impact on employee attitudes to change. There is limited empirical evidence about the determinants of cynicism toward change, particularly in the public sector environment. In this paper, a model is proposed which identifies three key antecedents of cynicism toward change: change information, involvement in change, and trust in senior management. Data were collected from two public sector organizations to identify levels and correlates of cynicism toward change and to test the proposed model. The results of exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling suggest that change information, involvement in change processes, and trust in senior management influence cynicism toward change. More specifically, evidence is presented which suggests that involvement in change, communication about change, and trust in senior management directly influence cynicism toward change, and that information about change and involvement in change directly influence trust in senior management. Collectively the antecedent variables accounted for just over fifty percent of the variance in cynicism toward change. In general terms, the findings will prove helpful to human resource practitioners interested in diagnosing and managing attitudes to change in public sector organizations.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 0909881308
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23088, organizational change, social exchange theory, confirmatory factor analysis, CFA, cynicism, trust, senior management, organizational vision, communication audit, employee opinion survey
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 06:31
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 06:31
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