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Young professionals' perceptions toward organizational change

Frank Lattuch (Graduate School of Management, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
Suzanne Young (Graduate School of Management, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 30 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Effective change management is important for organizational development, but without knowing what features of change situations impact on employee behavior it is difficult to manage change successfully. Considering the changing age demographic of the Australian workforce and the shortage of skilled labor, the purpose of this study is to examine the important age group of young professionals and its perceptions toward organizational change.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on Lazarus and Folkman's cognitive phenomenological model of stress and coping, a framework of change perceptions was used to analyze young professionals' experience of change. A confirmatory factor analysis has been conducted surveying a sample of 261 young professionals from a diverse set of Australian organizations.

Findings

The analysis found that frequency of change and planning for change are significantly related to uncertainty, and in turn, that uncertainty is significantly related to job satisfaction and behavioral stress. Interestingly, it was found that although frequency of change is positively related to uncertainty, it is also positively related to job satisfaction. Findings indicate which features of change situations are related to poor well‐being outcomes and are therefore important for managers implementing change and working with young professionals.

Originality/value

The present study clarifies the relationship between young professionals and their perceptions of change. Practical implications of the findings for managers are discussed. Some recommendations for future research are provided.

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Citation

Lattuch, F. and Young, S. (2011), "Young professionals' perceptions toward organizational change", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 605-627. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437731111161085

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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