The role of silence on employees' attitudes “the day after” a merger

Ioannis Nikolaou (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)
Maria Vakola (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)
Dimitris Bourantas (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 20 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the role of organizational silence and trust on employees' attitudes in a post‐merger stage.

Design/methodology/approach

The results of two independent studies are presented; participants completed measures of organizational trust, organizational silence and merger attitudes (organizational commitment and employee satisfaction) a few months following the announcement of the merger. Hierarchical regression analyzes were used to explore the hypotheses.

Findings

The results show that organizational trust is negatively related to organizational silence and positively to merger attitudes. Further, the significant role of organizational silence in a post‐merger state was also identified through the negative relationships with merger attitudes, but mainly through the significant mediating effect of silence between organizational trust and merger attitudes.

Research limitations/implications

The study used self‐report measures, but necessary actions were taken in order to reduce the effect of common method variance. Therefore, it should be cross‐validated with different research designs (e.g. longitudinal research) in other countries.

Practical implications

The findings provide further support on the significance of organizational silence in work settings, especially at major organizational turnarounds.

Originality/value

The most significant contribution of the study is that it explores for the first time the role of organizational silence in a post‐merger stage and its relationship to organizational trust.

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Citation

Nikolaou, I., Vakola, M. and Bourantas, D. (2011), "The role of silence on employees' attitudes “the day after” a merger", Personnel Review, Vol. 40 No. 6, pp. 723-741. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483481111169652

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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