Antecedents of Employees’ Readiness for Change in a Research & Development Population

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For an organisation to survive in this world with many environmental pressures, change is inevitable. For changes to be successful, it is essential that the employees are ready for it. Therefore it is relevant to know what factors can be of influence on employees’ readiness for change (RFC). The study at hand investigates the effects of job demands, decision latitude, job satisfaction, nationality and role clarity on employees’ RFC in a Research & Development (R&D) population. All participants worked at the R&D centre of a multinational dairy cooperative in the Netherlands. A questionnaire composed of several validated questionnaires was answered by 148 employees. The results of a multiple regression analysis show that decision latitude and job demands have positive effects on RFC, but there is no interaction effect between these two constructs. Job satisfaction and nationality do not seem to have an effect on RFC. Role clarity does not moderate the effects the independent variables have on RFC. Concluding, to increase RFC in an R&D population attention should be paid to increasing employees’ decision latitude. When high job demands are compensated with the right resources on the job, this leads to high RFC as well. Keywords: readiness for change, JD-C model, organisational change, job demands, decision latitude
Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen