– The purpose of this paper is twofold: to understand how and why employee attitudes to change might change over time; and to demonstrate what type of research might best capture this change.
– The paper brings together three studies of the same organization, conducted at different times by the same researchers.
– Employee attitudes to change in the three episodes are portrayed in terms of the assumptions that seem to underpin them. The first episode is characterized by a challenge to the basic assumptions employees have about their work; the second, by a fragmentation of assumptions according to sub-group; and the third, by the confirmation of a new set of assumptions about what work involves.
– The paper concludes that fieldwork of a longitudinal nature is something quite rare, and its incorporation into research design needs to move beyond dealing with it through an uneasy combination of retrospection and extended organizational exposure.
– The paper provides a rare and valuable account of how employee attitudes to change might change over time. The research design on which it is based, though fortuitous in nature, overcomes a number of the weaknesses of more conventional studies in this area.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2015|
- employee attitudes
- organizational change
- change management
- public services
- attitudes to change
Procter, S., & Randall, J. A. (2015). Understanding employee attitudes to change in longitudinal perspective: a study in UK public services 1996-2007. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 10(1), 38-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-01-2013-1127