Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The nonlinear relationship of individual commitment to organizational change and behavioral support
by Koller, Ronald J., Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 126; 3645169
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the relationships between affective commitment to change (desire), normative commitment to change (obligation), and continuance commitment to change (cost), as predictors of behavioral support for change. Affective commitment to change and normative commitment to change both demonstrated curvilinear relationships with behavioral support. Continuance commitment to change did not. This study also used residualized relative importance analyses, techniques for a full decomposition of the variance in nonlinear regression models. The nonlinear models accounted for more of a change in variance than did the linear regression models. The discussion section includes a scatterplot diagram intended to bridge the gap between scholars and practitioners in that the figure illustrates a range of resistant to commitment behaviors that cause organizational change initiatives to fail. The conclusion provides recommendations for researchers regarding the inclusion of a nonlinear frame when designing organizational change studies, and recommendations for practitioners regarding the damage that compliance is responsible for in organizational change initiatives.

Keywords: commitment to change, resistance to change, organizational change

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fremont, Paula
Commitee: Bruch, Angela, Reynolds, Susanna
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Behavioral support, Commitment to change, Organizational change, Resistance to change
Publication Number: 3645169
ISBN: 978-1-321-33827-0
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