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The impact of change management on the attitudes of Turkish security managers towards change: A case study

Sefer Yilmaz (Ministry of Interior, Kayseri, Turkey)
Huseyin Ozgen (Department of Business Administration, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey)
Recai Akyel (Turkish Court of Accounts, Ankara, Turkey)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 8 February 2013




The main purpose of this study is to develop an understanding of how managerial methods can be used during the change process to direct employees' attitudes positively towards change. This study also aims to provide considerable implications for the homeland security managers suitable for the applications on the area of homeland security. Paying requisite attention to the attitudes of employees towards change and careful selection of change management methods is considered critical for determining the ultimate success.


The data used in this study were obtained by the questionnaire survey method, analyzed by using a statistics software program, and main findings of the study were evaluated. The last section of this study has a discussion and a conclusion which includes specific evaluations and recommendations regarding the homeland security organizations and their practices in Turkey. Due to the large data set available, only the main findings are presented in this paper.


Findings suggest that the methods used, such as informing the employees about what is going on regarding change, consulting them and maintaining participation of the employees to the change process, have a positive impact on the attitudes of security managers towards change. This means that if an organization complies with the advice of the change literature asserting that the employees should be informed of, consulted and participate in the change from the outset of the process, the employees would probably commit themselves to change rather than resisting it.


The topic of this study is believed to be of vital importance in the area of homeland security organizations of Turkey and other countries in the context of change management for the sake of success in change initiatives. It is hoped that this study will make contributions to the existent literature in that it combines two disciplines, namely, change management and homeland security management, in just one case study. This combination would add considerable insights into the success and/or failure of the change initiatives launched in the organizations of homeland security generally and in Turkey specifically.



Yilmaz, S., Ozgen, H. and Akyel, R. (2013), "The impact of change management on the attitudes of Turkish security managers towards change: A case study", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 117-138.



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